Domestic Violence offenses can often include allegations of
False Imprisonment, and/or
Stalking. Typically the parties involved are members of the same household, meaning
they are spouses, former spouses, related by blood, or otherwise living
together as a family unit. Both Federal and Florida law include heavy
fines and severe criminal penalties, including potential mandatory/minimum
sentences of up to 25 years and maximum potential sentences of up to LIFE.
Mr. Petruzzi has represented numerous individuals charged with, or under
investigation for, Domestic Violence offenses by both Federal and State
authorities. His experience and knowledge serves as an invaluable asset
to his clients.
To arrange for a free and confidential consultation with respect to any
Federal or State Domestic Violence offense, contact our office at (305)-770-6550.
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Federal Domestic Violence offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various
agencies, including the FBI, Secret Service, and the Department of Justice.
Some common Federal Statutes criminalizing Domestic Violence include:
18 USC Sec. 2261 –
(a) Offenses. -
(1) Travel or conduct of offender. — A person who travels in interstate
or foreign commerce or enters or leaves Indian country or within the special
maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States with the intent
to kill, injure, harass, or intimidate a spouse, intimate partner, or
dating partner, and who, in the course of or as a result of such travel,
commits or attempts to commit a crime of violence against that spouse,
intimate partner, or dating partner, shall be punished as provided in
(2) Causing travel of victim. — A person who causes a spouse, intimate
partner, or dating partner to travel in interstate or foreign commerce
or to enter or leave Indian country by force, coercion, duress, or fraud,
and who, in the course of, as a result of, or to facilitate such conduct
or travel, commits or attempts to commit a crime of violence against that
spouse, intimate partner, or dating partner, shall be punished as provided
in subsection (b).
(b) Penalties. — A person who violates this section or section 2261A
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned -
(1) for life or any term of years, if death of the victim results;
(2) for not more than 20 years if permanent disfigurement or life threatening
bodily injury to the victim results;
(3) for not more than 10 years, if serious bodily injury to the victim
results or if the offender uses a dangerous weapon during the offense;
(4) as provided for the applicable conduct under chapter 109A if the offense
would constitute an offense under chapter 109A (without regard to whether
the offense was committed in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction
of the United States or in a Federal prison); and
(5) for not more than 5 years, in any other case, or both fined and imprisoned.
(6) Whoever commits the crime of stalking in violation of a temporary or
permanent civil or criminal injunction, restraining order, no-contact
order, or other order described in section 2266 of title 18, United States
Code, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than 1 year.
Florida Domestic Violence offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various
State and Local law enforcement agencies. Some common Florida Statutes
criminalizing Domestic Violence include:
741.28 Domestic violence; definitions.—
As used in ss.
(2) "Domestic violence" means any assault, aggravated assault,
battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking,
aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense
resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member
by another family or household member.
741.283 Minimum term of imprisonment for domestic violence.—
If a person is adjudicated guilty of a crime of domestic violence, as defined in s.
741.28, and the person has intentionally caused bodily harm to another person,
the court shall order the person to serve a minimum of 5 days in the county
jail as part of the sentence imposed, unless the court sentences the person
to a nonsuspended period of incarceration in a state correctional facility.
This section does not preclude the court from sentencing.