Domestic violence cases are treated very seriously by law enforcement agencies. Many Florida State Attorney’s Offices have special departments to handle domestic violence cases.
If you have previously been convicted of domestic violence, the State will charge you with a felony if you are arrested again for domestic violence. Additionally, not all domestic violence cases are treated equally. If you are accused of choking or suffocating a family member as opposed to striking them, you could be charged with a third degree felony instead of a misdemeanor.
There are two sides to every domestic violence case. Domestic violence cases are notorious for being riddled with false accusations. For instance, a
spouse may make false accusations against the other spouse if there is an underlying divorce or child custody case.