A lieutenant with the Haines City Fire Department faces a charge of battery domestic violence.
The 32-year-old was taken into custody Friday evening, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
A news release said the man “battered his girlfriend” after the two began arguing.
The woman allegedly had visible bruises on her arm, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The man is accused of holding the woman against a front door and punching her in the arm.
He was booked into the Polk County Jail.
The state of Florida is tough when it comes to charges of domestic violence. When police are called to a location where allegations of domestic violence have been made, officers are required to make an arrest if there is any sign of injury. Moreover, the state will not drop the charges just because the alleged victim changes their story.
The consequences of a domestic violence conviction are severe. You can face fines and jail time, and a record of domestic abuse can affect child custody and visitation decisions as well as impact your immigration status. These crimes cannot be expunged from your record.
At Whittel & Melton, our Polk County Criminal Defense Attorneys are just as tough as prosecutors when it comes to fighting domestic violence charges. We are dedicated to criminal defense, and our goal is always to protect your rights. Your initial consultation is free, so we encourage you to not waste any time with your defense and call us at 866-608-5529 or contact us online. We can begin helping you immediately.