The Independent Witness In A Domestic Violence Case

The “independent witness” in a domestic violence case in Florida is usually not independent.  To be considered an independent witness the person should not know any of the parties involved in the domestic violence incident and not have any reason to favor one person involved in the incident over another.  The independent witness in a domestic violence incident is usually a third party who is a friend or family member of one of the people involved in the incident.  If you think about it this makes perfect sense because most domestic violence incidents occur inside a home.  Why would a stranger who does not know either person involved the domestic violence incident be inside their home at the time of the incident?  An actual independent witness to a domestic violence incident is rare.  Unfortunately, law enforcement officers talk to these not independent witnesses that the officers call independent witnesses all the time and often times rely heavily on them to determine which party to believe about what happened in the domestic violence incident and, consequently who is going to jail for a domestic violence charge or charges.  If you would like to discuss how I can help, the consultation is free.  Please call me at 407-740-8300, text me at 407-616-8808 or email me at [email protected].

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