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Domestic Violence Crimes in Florida
What if the victim does not wish to press charges in a domestic violence case?
Waiver of Prosecution Affidavit: If an alleged victim of domestic violence does not want to move forward with the case, the defendant's attorney can provide them with a waiver of prosecution affidavit which is a sworn document essentially letting the prosecutor's office know that for whatever reason, the alleged victim does not want to move forward or aid in the prosecution of the defendant. A waiver of prosecution does not guarantee that the State Attorney will not file formal charges, but it can be very useful in influencing their decision regarding whether to move forward or drop the case.
In order for a crime to be classified as "domestic violence", both the victim and the suspect must be considered family or household members. In Florida, the following are considered domestic relationships:
Domestic violence crimes include:
Police Investigations of Domestic Violence Crimes in Florida
Police officers are not required to have the cooperation of the victim in domestic violence cases. There merely has to be an indication that without police intervention that there would be a likelihood of continued violence. Oftentimes law enforcement are unable to obtain statements of the victim yet still make an arrest anyway. Criminal defense attorney Antonio D. Quinn will provide you with the aggressive representation which you need achieve a successful result in your case. Attorney Quinn will use a lack of evidence or the non-cooperation of the victim in order to get your domestic violence case reduced or dismissed in many cases. To schedule a case evaluation with one of South Florida's most respected criminal defense lawyers contact Quinn Law P.A. at (954) 729-7770.