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Can the Victim Drop Domestic Violence Charges in Florida?

By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

May 1, 2020

In Florida, domestic violence is one of the most commonly committed crimes. That being said means that Florida lawmakers and police do not take domestic violence charges lightly. Additionally, having domestic violence charges dropped almost never happens, even if the victim wishes to have the charges dropped.

Why Can’t the Victims Have the Charges Dropped?

It’s extremely common for domestic violence charges to stem from heated arguments, especially when the arguments don’t end well. Because domestic violence is such a common crime in Florida, the state handles the charges with an extreme bias towards the victim.

The prosecutors and judges do everything in their power to ensure that the victim is safe from the alleged abuser while the investigation takes place. Because of this, the decision to have the charges dropped is out of the hands of the victim.

Regardless of the victim’s requests, if the judge believes or has concrete evidence to believe that the defendant is guilty, they will continue with the case.

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Why Would Victims Want the Charges Dropped?

As we stated earlier, domestic violence charges often stem from heated arguments. Fabricated stories go hand-in-hand with heated arguments. It’s very common for the alleged victim to make up a story while they are mad, only to find out later that they over-reacted; ending with their significant other being charged with domestic violence.

As they realize the severity of their actions, many victims quickly work to erase the past. Unfortunately, there’s not much they can do at that point.

Working with an Experienced Defense Team

While it’s not always possible for the victim to drop the domestic violence charges that they filed, there are other options available to you that can help fight your charges.

The first step begins with working with an experienced Daytona Beach domestic violence lawyer, like those on our team here at Hager & Schwartz. For countless years, our team has been helping those who have been charged with domestic violence in Florida fight their charges and return to their best lives possible.

We understand that being arrested on domestic violence charges can leave you feeling hopeless, but worry not, our domestic violence lawyers are here to provide a plan to protect your future.

Call us today (386) 693-1637 to learn more about how we can help over the phone.

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