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Tampa man was arrested on December 9, 2008 for Domestic Violence Battery against his wife for an incident that occurred in Hillsborough County. The Tampa man's family hired an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to represent the man at his first appearance court date for the domestic violence battery charges. After hearing testimony regarding the case, the judge in Hillsborough County agreed to a signature bond or recognizance bond (ROR bond) on December 10, 2008, that required the defendant to sign a promise to return to court but does not require posting any cash or property with the court, or going through a bail bondsman.
After investigating the domestic violence battery case, the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office dropped the charges on December 17, 2008.
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Domestic violence offenses are treated very seriously in Hillsborough County. The arrest alone can have serious consequences. After an arrest you are not able to bond out of jail until after you see the judge at first appearance who will notify you that your relationship with the alleged victim is over. This usually means that you can not return to your home, if you share the home with the alleged victim.
A domestic violence arrest in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, may also mean you can have no visitation with your children because the visitation would require direct or indirect communication with the alleged victim if the alleged victim is the parent of the other child.
Even if the alleged victim wishes to have contact, you can not violate the court order without the threat of facing your bond being revoked, or additional charges. Contact an experienced Tampa domestic battery attorney to discuss your rights and the best ways to defend yourself against this serious charge of domestic violence.