Domestic violence is a serious and widespread crime that affects millions of people all around the world. It is a crime that can have devastating consequences for everyone involved. Because of its severity, many people wonder whether domestic violence cases are public records. The answer to this question is not straightforward and depends on various factors.
In the United States, most court proceedings are open to the public, which means that anyone can access them. Domestic violence cases would be accessible as well. However, some states have laws that restrict access to certain court records or redact sensitive information, such as the identity of victims and minors. These laws aim to protect the privacy and safety of individuals involved in domestic violence cases.
In general, the level of public access to court records depends on the type of court and the nature of the case. For example, criminal courts typically have more public access than family courts, which deal with divorce, custody, and other family-related matters. In domestic violence cases, court records may include police reports, witness statements, medical records, and other evidence that can be used to prosecute the offender..
Domestic violence cases are generally public record, but the level of access and the privacy protections vary depending on the state and the type of court. In Florida, when someone is arrested for domestic violence, it becomes public record. It is one of the 35 charges in Florida that can’t be sealed or expunged. If you plead guilty or no contest, you will not be able to have the charge expunged from your record. However, if you are found not guilty, the charge may be expunged or sealed. You would also be able to seal your record if you could obtain a dismissal of the charge through a Pre-Trial Diversion Program.
Contacting a lawyer to help you navigate through all of this does not mean you are guilty. A lawyer will help you find the ways that you can move on with your life after the arrest and the charge.
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If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need to speak with an experienced domestic violence defense attorney as soon as possible. Contact me online or call my Miami office directly at 305.707.7345.
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