Hire a criminal defense attorney immediately. The charges are serious and could result in prison time. With that, of course, would come restrictions on your ability to parent.
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There is a chance that you could get the charges dropped, reduced, or get probation instead of prison time. However, you will need to hire an attorney who knows how to navigate the system and negotiate with the State Attorney's Office on your behalf. Hire an attorney ASAP...
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We have handled many cases like yours that ended up with probation instead of prison. Furthermore in many cases if there is no evidence and the victim wants to drop the case, the charges get dropped. On the other hand the charges are serious and you should seek experienced local counsel ASAP.
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This charge scores mandatory prison time, even if you have a completely clean record. That being said, a good lawyer should be able to prevent you getting a prison sentence. Be very careful who you hire, and be careful about hiring whoever is the cheapest lawyer
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The accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The likelihood of a positive outcome- exoneration or a mitigated sentence- is increased with the help of an experienced criminal litigator. Seek out an experienced criminal litigator for a free consultation. If you cannot find one on Avvo, search at Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL.org) Speak to several that offer free consultation. Hire one that you feel comfortable with and you can afford. FACDL find a lawyer: http://tinyurl.com/8e4h3my
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