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At The Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A., we represent victims of domestic violence and those wrongfully accused of domestic violence. Our experience representing clients on both sides of these cases provides us with a deep understanding of the issues and strategies involved. Our ultimate objective is to adapt our representation to the unique needs of each client and to provide attentive, professional services in every case.

What should I do if I have been a victim of domestic violence?

Domestic violence happens in all types of relationships and across all demographic groups. Family members, partners, friends or acquaintances living in the same household can commit domestic violence against each other. Acts of domestic violence include:

  • Verbal threats
  • Physical threats
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Bodily injury
  • Sexual assault
  • Destruction of personal property

Unfortunately, domestic violence often escalates during divorce and paternity proceedings and custody battles. When the abuser is a spouse or parent, the children may also be victims of abuse. It is important to act quickly and to remove yourself and your children from harm’s way. We can assist you in locating domestic violence support services, such as counseling, shelters, housing, social services, and to obtain an order for exclusive use of your premises. We use every legal tool available to protect you from your abuser and work to hold abusers accountable.

What if I have been accused of domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a serious offense that can have long-lasting consequences. If you have been charged with domestic violence in Florida, you need to protect your rights. Even a minor altercation can result in serious legal consequences. You could be convicted even if the accuser decides not to press charges. The intent is to prevent victims from being harassed and threatened into dropping charges, but it often results in innocent people being convicted. We know how devastating false domestic violence charges can be for the accused. Regardless of whether you are eventually convicted, simply being arrested can affect your job and your chances of getting custody of your children.

Do I need a lawyer?

Domestic violence can have many repercussions. If you are a victim, you need to know your rights and your options for leaving the abuser. If you are wrongfully accused of domestic violence, you need an experienced professional to defend you against criminal charges and to mitigate the negative effects of the arrest.

Contact an experienced Miami family law attorney

The Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A. handles complex family law cases abroad and in South Florida and throughout the United States. We also represent plaintiffs or defendants in domestic violence cases with ties to Florida. If you find yourself on either side of this difficult situation, call us for help. Our Miami office is accessible from the Dadeland South Metrorail. Contact us today at 305-670-8656 or online to arrange a meeting. Se habla español.

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Lawrence S. Katz

For many years, Lawrence S. Katz has helped clients in Florida, throughout the United States and abroad. He has earned an excellent worldwide reputation for providing knowledgeable, quality representation in cross border family law matters and child abduction. He serves as counsel, co-counsel, consultant and expert witness.

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