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Defending Women Arrested for Domestic Violence

As the enforcement of domestic violence laws has increased, so too has the rate at which women are arrested for domestic violence crimes. Recent studies show that about 25% of persons arrested for domestic violence in the United States are female although that number is slightly lower in the State of Florida.

Although there are certainly cases in which a woman can commit an act of domestic violence against a man, many of these cases involve false allegations against a woman who has been victimized repeatedly by her partner before being victimized by the system.

If an intimate partner is willing and able to physically abuse a woman, then it is not hard to imagine a circumstance in which an intimate partner would make a false police report. In fact, making false allegations of domestic violence are a form of abuse and control that can be just as damaging (if not more damaging) then physical abuse. When the police repond to a domestic violence call, they often strictly adhere to their pro-arrest laws without examining the context of the incident.

Throughout the years, the attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm have represent women charged with a wide variety of domestic violence charges from battery to aggravated battery. If you were charged with dometic violence, then contact an experienced attorney at the Sammis Law Firm, P.A. We represent women charged with domestic violence in Tampa and Plant City in Hillsborough County, FL, as well as the surrounding areas throughout the greater Tampa Bay area.

We are particularly expeirenced in defending women charged with a first offense of domestic violence battery in Hillsborough County, FL, and the surrounding areas.

Call 813-250-0500 to discuss your case.


Allegations of Domestic Violence by a Man

Women should keep in mind that there are valid defenses to domestic violence charges in Florida, including self-defense, defense of others, or defense of property. If the alleged victim was the primary aggressor in the offense, it can often be shown that his injuries were defensive in nature.

On other words, if a man grabbed your arm to push you against the wall, and you scratched his face in the process of protecting yourself, his injury may show up immediately, while your bruises may not show up until hours after your arrest. Women are particularly vulnerable to false allegations of domestic violence by an abusive and controlling partner.

Women in abuse relationships are particularly vulnerable if they have children with their abuser. Because women tend to be physically weaker than their abusive partner, women can also be arrested for using a weapon to protect themselves leading to felony charges for aggravated assault.

Additionally, the past difficulties between the parties or prior acts of domestic violence can often be used to show that the woman was acting in self-defense during the incident that lead to her arrest. In many of these cases the woman has previously been the victim of domestic violence at the hands of the man that is now making the accusation of domestic violence.

It is particularly important to prevent the false allegations of domestic violence from being used as another means of controlling and victimizing a woman who was attempting to defend herself during an argument with an abusive partner.


Battered Women Syndrome in Florida

Expert testimony on Battered Spouse Syndrome, formerly called Battered Women Syndrome, is admissible as a defense to a criminal accusation in Florida when a qualified expert can testify that the person accused was suffering from the syndrome at the time the incident occurred. Most people think this defense can only be used in murder cases, however, it can also be successfully asserted in less serious cases of domestic violence such as battery or aggravated battery.

Defending women against false allegations of domestic violence is particularly important because false allegations can later be used against the woman in a child custody dispute or divorce action, even years after the incident.

If you were arrested for domestic violence or domestic battery (including domestic violence by strangulation) in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bartow, Dade City, Plant City or New Port Richey or the surrounding areas, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney that is experienced representing women against false accusations of domestic violence.

At the Sammis Law Firm, we represent women charged with domestic violence in Hillsborough County, Polk County, Pasco County, Pinellas County and Hernando County, FL.


Additional Resources

The Paradox of Women Arrested for Domestic Violence - This scholarly article helps criminal justice professionals and service providers respond appropriately to false allegations of domestic violence made by a man against a women. The article address concerns about violence against women when their abuser makes false allegations to maintain control over the person being abused. The article was first published on December 1, 2001 by Susan L. Miller.


This article was last updated on Friday, January 11, 2018.