The Long-Term Consequences Of A Domestic Violence Conviction
West Palm Beach man was arrested on Thursday, accused of beating his girlfriend with a “wooden 2×4.”
Steve Devon Bedward, 27, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail on charges of aggravated battery.
West Palm Beach Police officers were sent to the couple’s home in the 1000 block of Selkirk Street to reports of a domestic violence incident. When they arrived, they spoke with Bedward’s 43-year-old girlfriend, who had a “bloody lip and raised red marks on her right upper arm,” according to the arrest report.
When confronted by police, Bedward said that their fight started when the couple’s roommate came “banging on the their door, asking where her pills were,” the report said. Because he didn’t want to talk to their roommate, Bedward says his girlfriend got “mad” at him, grabbed a steak knife and cut him.
Bedward said after he was cut, he simply left the home. When asked how his girlfriend was injured, he said he didn’t know and that he never touched her, according to the report.
West Palm Beach Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Domestic violence cases involve charges of assault and battery against a familial relation or a person who lives with you, such as a wife, child, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, or father. Domestic violence is a first-degree misdemeanor, which would result in a permanent criminal record if you are convicted.
The long-term consequences of a domestic violence conviction can be very serious. Employers routinely conduct background checks of prospective employees and few would want to hire an employee who has a conviction for domestic violence. In Florida, landlords also conduct background checks because they could be liable for a civil lawsuit if they rent to a person with violent tendencies.
Many domestic violence cases can be resolved without a criminal record if your lawyer has you immediately enroll in an anger management program or battery intervention program (BIP) and refrain from harmful contact with the victim. This can result in the charge being dismissed or “nolle prosed” without a conviction or a criminal record.
If you tell us you did not commit the crime, we will fight the charge aggressively. We can investigate the case, take depositions, and get medical records, police reports, CAD reports (which is the information generated between the 911 and the police officer) and the 911 call recordings to find out if this evidence supports the charges.
Charges of spousal abuse and domestic violence are often made because there is a pending divorce or child custody matter. In these cases, lawyer Andrew Stine can set a trial date knowing that either the victim will not show up or can use the evidence from our investigation to impeach the victim.
Being proactive in a domestic violence case can often make the difference between facing a first-degree misdemeanor charge and having the charge dismissed.
Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300. Se habla español.