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Defense for domestic violence may need strengthened

A new report out about Florida crime may have an effect on those accused of domestic violence. If you have been unfairly charged with a domestic violence charge, you may need a strong defense to argue your case. Florida intends to crack down, which means it will be harder to prove your innocence.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was proud to report that crime in the state for the first six months of 2015 was down from the 2014 numbers. Compared to the first six months of 2014, it had dropped by 2.2 percent. Attorney General Pam Bondi praised and thanked Florida law officials and those who help protect our communities.

However, among the good news in the 2015 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report, there was some "not so good" news. While violence and crime had dropped overall, there was one area that increased -- domestic violence. The domestic violence crimes rose 1.7 percent.

Those who cohabitate appeared to be the largest offenders of domestic violence. According to the president and chief executive officer of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the women, children and men who lost their lives due to domestic violence the first six months of 2015 totaled 99. In addition to mourning the loss of these individuals, as well as two police officers who lost their lives in other types of incidents, the CEO also expressed her sadness and concern over the increase in domestic violence. She says there must be a recommitment to put a halt to this type of crime and hold perpetrators accountable, while at the same time ensuring that the survivors and children are kept safe. This will undoubtedly mean that law enforcement will err on the side of the alleged victim, leaving the accused in the "hotspot" to prove his or her innocence.

Source: WCTV, "Florida Crime Drops in First Half of 2015," Nov. 13, 2015

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