Domestic Violence Attorneys in Gainesville
Timely & Results-Driven Defense
The criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones represent people charged with domestic violence. With more than four decades of combined legal experience, we help clients protect their rights at each stage of the legal process. Our Gainesville domestic violence lawyers make sure that defendants understand their full range of options, and we are available 24/7 to respond to emergency situations.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence covers a broad range of crimes committed by a person against a family or household member.
Domestic violence can be committed against:
- People who have a child together
- Blood and marriage relatives
- People living together as a family
- People who previously lived together as a family
These crimes are treated seriously in Florida and may lead to heavy fines and penalties. They can also leave you with a criminal record, which may make it difficult to find or keep a job. In addition, as with other convictions of violent crimes, a domestic violence conviction may result in a person being barred from buying or possessing firearms.
Can You Get a Domestic Violence Charge Expunged in Florida?
It is important to understand that if you plead guilty or are otherwise convicted of a domestic violence crime, you cannot get your criminal record sealed or wiped clean. This is true even if you stay out of trouble for several years after the conviction.
It is therefore imperative that you seek the advice and counsel of an experienced Gainesville domestic violence lawyer as soon as possible.
Fiercely Fighting Domestic Violence Charges
It is important to fight these charges head-on. At the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones, we may explore defense strategies such as self-defense or consent. For example, we may be able to gather evidence like 9-1-1 tapes and testimony from first responders or witnesses to establish that the alleged victim was actually the aggressor. It may also entail reviewing previous witness statements for any inconsistencies. Medical records should also be thoroughly examined, in order to determine that the person charged was injured in the event or to show that the alleged victim was not injured or was injured less seriously than alleged.
Protect Your Rights by Enlisting Our Domestic Violence Lawyers in Gainesville
If you are facing domestic violence charges or are under investigation, the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones can help. We understand the stress you are facing during this critical situation, and we are ready to assist you with the tenacity and compassion that you deserve. Our attorneys have a history of getting charges dropped or reduced, whether by pursuing a favorable outcome at trial or navigating our clients through the plea-bargaining process.
“It is my opinion that he is clearly one of the best lawyers in the city of Gainesville.”- Everette Sr.
“Mr. Edwards believed in us and took a chance, we will forever be in his debt.”- Colin
“He put his heart into that case.”- Jan