By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
In the times we live in, with unemployment, foreclosures and short sales, bad credit, maxed out credit cards, lowered credit, and higher taxes, families are experienced an all time high level of financial stress. Discussions in the home are often about money, or rather the lack of it, how to spend or not spend what is left, and who gets how much. Household bills are mounting. It is no wonder that tempers flare.
Domestic violence is on the rise. Calls to Florida’s domestic violence centers are up 40% from 2008 to 2009. In Palm Beach County in the past year, calls for help have increased by 27%.
Domestic violence is a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to one year in prison. If convicted by the court, this crime stays on your record without possibility of it being erased, sealed or expunged. In criminal background checks performed by current or prospective employers, your record will be found out. This could affect your job. For non US citizens, this could mean being deported.
Pushing, choking, hitting, throwing things, or hurting your spouse or significant other in any way can result in a domestic violence claim. Sex without consent is rape even if between married people. The victim should immediately call police, press charges and get a copy of the police report. He/she should also go apply for a restraining order at the State Attorneys Office citing immediate fear of immenent harm.
Some other considerations are as follows: was the harm caused by self defense? Was there a false accusation for monetary gain? Are there witnesses?
If you are the victim of domestic violence, or if you are falsely accused, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb for more information.