What Are the Penalties for a Domestic Violence Conviction in Florida?

A domestic violence conviction in Florida can ruin a person’s future, family, and tarnish their good name. If you’ve been accused of committing an act of domestic violence, the most important thing you can do is reach out to an experienced Pensacola domestic violence lawyer here at The Law Office of James M. Burns at once. Read on and reach out to our firm to learn more about the potential penalties you may face and how we can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the penalties for a domestic violence conviction in Florida?

If you’ve recently been charged with domestic violence, you have a lot on the line. There are various potential penalties you can face, including even time in jail. That said, as with most crimes, the potential penalties you may face for an act of domestic violence vary depending on the circumstances surrounding your charge. For example, if you allegedly seriously injured the victim or you used a dangerous weapon when committing the alleged act of domestic violence, you may face up to 10 years in jail. Additionally, if you allegedly caused a life-threatening injury or permanent disfigurement of the victim, you may face up to 20 years of incarceration. Finally, if you allegedly caused the victim’s death, you can face life in prison. Further, you will also incur high fines, and you will develop a criminal record, which can damage your reputation and your future, preventing you from gaining employment and more.

Can an attorney defend me from a domestic violence accusation?

Yes. No one should ever face a domestic violence accusation on their own. Doing so can put their future in jeopardy. Depending on the circumstances of your case, our firm can use a wide array of potential defenses to combat the charges you are facing. For example, we can prove that you were only acting in self-defense or in defense of a loved one, such as a child, from a significant other. In other cases, we can work to prove that the accusation made against you was outright false, in which case your charges should be dropped. Regardless of the specifics of your case, you should never face these charges without a competent Escambia County criminal defense lawyer on your side. We are here to help you today.


For decades, the Law Office of James M. Burns has helped countless people through a wide array of legal issues, including those involving criminal law, family law, personal injury law, and will & probate law. If require the assistance of a competent legal team that can effectively guide you through each phase of your legal matter, you’ve come to the right place. Contact the Law Office of James M. Burns today to schedule your initial consultation.