Domestic Violence

Florida spousal abuse lawyers

As a family law firm, we often see charges of domestic violence when a couple is either on the verge of divorce or is in the divorce process. Sometimes a spouse will use a charge of domestic violence as a weapon to hurt the other partner, or as a wedge to drive the children into one parent's custody. At other times, when tension and stress is high, an incident will occur that would not normally occur, and one or both parties may be at fault.

Camy B. Schwam-Wilcox is a former criminal prosecutor with experience prosecuting misdemeanors and felonies, including domestic violence. If you are facing a domestic violence charge, an experienced former prosecutor can work to your advantage. Attorney Schwam-Wilcox is an Orlando domestic violence lawyer with a full range of experience to handle a domestic violence charge. This experience includes:

  • Ability to represent you in both the domestic court and criminal court aspects of the case
  • A full understanding of police procedures, and the evidence code
  • Experience prosecuting and defending assault and battery charges
  • Experience representing either men or women in adversarial family court proceedings, including child neglect and dependency issues

Domestic Violence — A Civil and Criminal Matter

If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is possible that your spouse may be awarded sole physical or legal custody of your children, and could be awarded sole possession of your home.

  • An injunction for protection, or restraining order, may be filed against you to prevent you from seeing your children. We have experience with, and have successfully defended against injunctions. Additionally, when you need to file for protection, we have been successful in obtaining injunctions for the party seeking protection.
  • If you have been charged with domestic violence battery, this criminal charge can be tried before a judge or jury or is sometimes settled out of court with a plea agreement. As a former prosecutor, criminal defense attorney Schwam-Wilcox understands the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution's case, and can build a defense accordingly or negotiate a suitable plea agreement.
  • A repeated offense, which is two acts of violence within a six month period, can be a more serious charge. A Florida spousal abuse attorney can help. Contact Camy B. Schwam-Wilcox as soon as possible if you are in this situation. You do not have to be living with, or married to someone to obtain or be served with a repeat violence injunction. We are here to help you with repeat violence needs you may have to deal with, you do not have to do it yourself.

CHANGES TO THE INJUNCTION LAWS as of July 2011:

There are now circumstances that violate injunctions for protection against repeat violence, dating violence, and sexual violence, to bring them more in line with injunctions against domestic violence.

Straight Talk and Strong Advocacy for Every Client

If you are in need of a Seminole County DWI attorney, a bankruptcy lawyer, or a family law firm experienced with collaborative divorce, please contact us for a consultation. Call 407-982-2714 or 888-337-5886, or send us an e-mail. We can help you through your difficult time.