Supreme Court Upholds Domestic Violence Gun Law Ban
A recent landmark decision by the Supreme Court regarding the ownership of guns by individuals convicted of domestic violence has garnered overwhelming support from abuse victims. However, many firearms supporters believe the law to be unfair and overly strict.
Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision, if you hit your spouse with your fist or a weapon, you could lose your right to own a gun. Now, even minor contact with an alleged domestic violence victim — acts such as squeezing and pinching — can result in a firearm ban.
For your first domestic violence conviction, you face many other penalties, as well. Anyone convicted of domestic violence in Florida must serve a minimum of one year of probation. Further, you must attend a Batterer’s Intervention Program. Also, you must serve a minimum of five days in the county jail if you caused bodily harm to the victim. The following are some tips on what you should do if you are accused of domestic violence:
- Remain calm — By law, police are tasked with arresting the primary aggressor when called to the scene of a domestic violence disturbance. Therefore, it is important for you to remain calm and cooperative with officers at all times.
- Invoke your right to remain silent — It is always better to speak to police with your lawyer present. After police arrest you, politely explain that you are invoking your right to remain silent.
- Seek experienced counsel — A domestic violence charge is a serious matter. If convicted, your life will change. You need a professional and experienced defense lawyer who is ready to fight aggressively to protect your rights and your future.
Have you been accused of domestic violence in Florida? If so, without proper counsel you could lose your right to own a firearm. Contact a skilled criminal law attorney to start building a solid defense today.