Six were based on warrants and the other six were recent domestic violence cases. Sadly, one of the number one reasons people get arrested here in Sarasota is a family dispute. In most of those cases, alcohol is at the core of the problem. Some people drink and mellow out. Some people on the other hand get agitated, irritable and abusive. When both partners and spouses are drinking it doubles the chances of a domestic violence situation.
When a call to 911 is placed, someone is going to jail. When the police come out, out of an abundance of caution (to prevent from later getting sued), the police are going to take someone away. A domestic violence arrest can trigger an entire series of problems. Some of the judges will set absurdly high bail bonds that most people cannot post. The bread winner for the family may sit in jail and lose his or her job. The judges will in most cases enter a “no contact” order which usually means that when the person arrested gets out, he or she cannot go home. For most families living on the edge financially, this creates an enormous hardship. I have seen men end up living in their cars until the case can get resolved.
As a criminal defense lawyer, I have been defending domestic violence cases for over thirty years.
There are generally two sides to every story. The police, nine times out of ten, will arrest the man and almost always side with the woman. Often in anger, the spouse will exaggerate the circumstances leading to the arrest and regret lying later. Once the lie is told, and once the arrest is made, they are afraid to go back and tell the truth. The prosecutors only hear one side of the story, the police version. Getting good legal representation is critical and generally makes things happen much quicker. My goal is to restore the family. Counseling may be needed. Alcohol evaluation and treatment may be necessary. Jail is not the answer, unless the circumstances are really bad. Often, it is the “victim”, the wife who actually hires me to get her husband out of jail. Navigating the legal system is tough for the average person. If a loved one has been arrested, call for a free confidential consultation at 941 366 2506
My office is across from the Jail on Ringling Blvd I can see your loved one in jail
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