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Domestic Violence 2017-05-26T11:07:06+00:00


Domestic violence charges are serious criminal allegations that can have long-term damaging effects. From the immediate impact of a No Contact Order to the long-term effects of a conviction, domestic violence charges can cause serious damage to an individual’s life, reputation and job opportunities. Some of the potential consequences of a domestic violence conviction include:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Anger management classes
  • Batterer’s intervention classes
  • Fines and court costs
  • Community service
  • Criminal record

Odds are if you are charged with the crime of domestic violence, the victim will file for an Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence. However, an individual can file for an injunction against domestic violence even without an arrest for domestic violence. If granted, either as a temporary restraining order or as a permanent injunction for protection against domestic violence, the Court can have you barred from your home, children’s school and from any form of contact with your significant other and your children for an extensive period of time. This can impact your ability to see your children and be involved in their lives. Many times you will have to continue to pay the mortgage and other financial obligations at your home even if you are forbidden from residing therein. Many times these allegations are used to gain an advantage on divorce proceedings.

At Gonzalez & Associates, PLLC, we know the damage that a domestic violence conviction can have on your life, reputation and job opportunities. We are skilled trial lawyers who understand what it takes to help you secure the best possible resolution to your case. Attorney Orlando Gonzalez has been defending the rights of those accused of domestic violence for more than 21 years.

What Makes Our Firm Different?

The cornerstone of this firm is our experience in the courtroom. Our firm is uniquely dedicated to providing clients with skilled and aggressive legal representation in Domestic Violence matters with personal service, efficiency, professionalism, and most importantly, outstanding results. Too often, spouses make allegations of domestic violence to gain an unfair advantage in a future or pending divorce or child custody matter. During our decades of defending clients in domestic violence matters we have experienced numerous instances of false allegations and exaggerated statements to police or the State Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit. We are committed to ensuring that your rights are protected at every stage of a domestic violence allegation.

Are You Not Guilty?

Charges of domestic violence can quickly change the dynamic of a family law proceeding such as a divorce or child custody determination. This has led to an unfortunate number of situations where false and exaggerated allegations are lodged to achieve a desired end in family law proceedings. A verbal dispute can quickly turn into false allegations of physical violence. We are skilled at fighting false allegations of domestic violence.

Contact The Restraining Order Lawyers Of  Gonzalez & Associates, PLLC

If you have been served with a restraining order and wish to contest the allegations of domestic violence, then you must appear at a hearing which has already been scheduled. We represent men and women served with a “Petition for an Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence or Repeat Violence.” These Petitions are commonly known as restraining orders. We represent Respondents in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Delray Beach. These proceedings are civil in nature, but have severe consequences. Those consequences can be life-changing experiences.

Any restraining order is public record that can be uncovered by employers during the most basic background search.

—That record can never be sealed or expunged even if the judge refuses to grant the injunction after a hearing.

—While the injunction is in effect, you lose certain civil rights, including the right to possess a firearm. You will have to turn your firearms into the Sheriff’s Office.

—The testimony you provide in a restraining order hearing can be used against you in a criminal proceeding. You have the right to remain silent in an injunction hearing.

—The judge can order you to submit to drug testing, a psychological examination and complete any recommended treatment.

—You may be required to pay child support and other household bills during the period of injunction.

—You may be prevented from contact with your children or supervised visitation.

It is critical that you and your lawyer prepare your case to make certain that you secure the best possible resolution in your case. The skilled and experienced criminal defense attorneys of Gonzalez & Associates, PLLC, can help. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our West Palm Beach domestic violence attorneys, or Stuart, FL domestic violence attorneys call (561) 500-4529 available 24/7 for Criminal Defense emergencies.  We serve all of Central and South Florida and will come to you!


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