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What happens domestic violence is reported?

Law enforcement in Florida take domestic violence situations quite seriously. If you call them to report an incident, you should expect immediate action. According to the University of Florida, domestic violence is considered criminal and not civil. This means that if law enforcement is called and there is evidence of what happened, someone will most likely go to jail. It also means you no longer have control over what happens if you were the one reporting the incident. The prosecutor will take over and press charges even if you do not want that to happen. 

Typically, once a call is placed, law enforcement will arrive on the scene. They will check for injuries, and if you are still engaged in a dispute, they will try to deescalate the situation. If you are the victim, you will be given information about your rights and where you can go for help. If you are the accused, it is likely you will spend at least the night in jail. You will go in front of a judge and may get bail set. You will have to return to court to defend yourself against the domestic violence charge. The charges filed can be a felony. It depends on if this is a first-time incident and the history of the accused. 

If you are the accused, you may not be arrested. It depends on the evidence available to law enforcement. It is completely up to the individual officer on the scene. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.


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