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Reporting Child Abuse

Are Tensions in Your Home Running Hot?

Believe it or not, the reporting of child abuse and neglect has decreased during the pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean that there are less abuse cases and victims. Typically, many cases of abuse are reported by school personnel or care givers. Due to the pandemic these interactions have been limited or non-existent, so abuse and neglect continues but is going unnoticed.

Families have been impacted by the closure of schools, the lack of social interaction, the potential loss of income, the loss of caregivers, and an increase in stress. Children are being left home alone while their parents go to work or left to fend for themselves while their parents are sleeping. In some families whose children are virtual learning, the students are left home alone all day while parents work with the expectation their kids are doing their school-work. Often this is not the case, the kids are not logging on and not attending school virtually. In other cases, parents are taking out their frustrations on their children in the form of abuse.

Can Child Abuse Be A Criminal Offense?

Due to this long list of limitations thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, abuse and neglect continue to increase. This is contrary to what may appear in reported cases.

Central Florida Bonding wants to make you aware that child abuse and child neglect can be classified as a criminal offense. According to the Florida Statutes, child abuse is defined as, “Intentional infliction of physical or mental injury upon a child, an intentional act that could reasonable be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child or active encouragement of any person to commit an act that results or could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child.” Child neglect is defined as, “A caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health, including, but not limited to, food, nutrition, clothing, shelter, supervision, medicine, and medical services that a prudent person would consider essential for the well-being of the child.”

What Are the Penalties For Child Abuse in Florida?

Penalties for child abuse in Florida can include fines, prison time, and probation. The sentence varies depending on whether the crime is child abuse, aggravated child abuse, neglect of a child that does not result in great bodily harm, and neglect of a child that does result in great bodily harm. The defendant’s criminal history also comes into factor. If convicted, the defendant could lose parental rights.

If you know or suspect child abuse or neglect and the child is in immediate danger, please call 911. Otherwise, please call the abuse hotline at 1-800-962-2873 to report abuse.

Our staff here at Central Florida Bonding offers bond for charges of child abuse, child neglect, domestic violence, DUI, assault, battery, theft, drugs, drug trafficking, traffic misdemeanors and more. Our bail bondsmen are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year. Please call us at 407-841-3646 to start the bail bond process.

All of our bail bondsmen at Central Florida Bonding are experienced and knowledgeable. They are ready to assist you with paperwork, explain the bail bond process, and answer any questions you may have regarding the criminal justice system. We serve all of Central Florida and have helped clients from Orange, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, and Osceola counties. We have been providing our services to Central Florida since 1979. Don’t stay in jail. Instead, trust the professionals at Central Florida Bonding to bond you out of jail quickly. Rely on our experience and expertise. Please contact us today at 407-841-3646 to start the bail bond process.

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Domestic Violence and the Holidays

Several studies have shown an increase in the number of domestic violence cases during holiday seasons. According to the National Statistics of Domestic Violence, about 20 people per minute in the USA are physically abused by their intimate partners. This number often increases during the holiday season. The holiday season is supposed to be a joyous time of year. With the high expectations many people have this time of year, physical and financial stress often take over.

Before the holidays, it’s important to set realistic expectations for yourself and those closest to you. With the added stress this year of the Covid-19 pandemic, experts are warning the public against the potential increase of domestic violence incidents this holiday season.

Financial Pressure

Having a tight budget can make you feel overwhelmed during the holiday season. There is increased financial pressure heading into this holiday season, due to high unemployment. It’s important to be realistic about gift giving. To avoid added holiday stress give gifts within your budget, make home-made gifts, rely on experiences rather than ‘things’, and prioritize your external gift giving to not overspend.

Alcohol Dependency

When someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is easier for them to lose their temper. Losing your temper can lead to doing something that they can later regret. Drink responsibly to stay at peace with family and friends this holiday season. Drinking can be a coping strategy to “get through” the holidays. If you are hosting socially-distant holiday party, consider non-alcoholic beverages and/or stop serving alcohol at least one hour before the party is expected to end. This may save some of your guests from driving drunk and can help keep tempers minimized as people sober up towards the end of the evening.

If you find yourself overwhelmed with the holidays and are too dependent on alcohol, consider attending Alcoholic Anonymous or Al-Anon meetings to help you make it through the holiday season. Alcohol dependency increases Domestic Violence incidents.

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The fact is couples tend to be together more during the holidays. People take off of work or travel to visit family. Being around each other more often during a stressful time of year means you will share more of the good days and the bad ones as well. It’s important to recognize the warning signs of domestic violence, both physical and emotional. Sometimes it’s easier for a person to recognize a domestic violence situation from the outside looking in. Some physical signs can be bruises or cuts or unusual clothing for the scenario – such as a turtleneck & sunglasses inside. Some emotional signs may be if a person is being unusually quiet or suddenly develop a drug of alcohol problem.

Effective communication is one of the ways to reduce the chances of arguments amongst couples. It is easier for couples to harmonize on something when they respectfully communicate with one another. Lack of effective communication can fuel unnecessary fights that could even affect your relationship/marriage beyond the holiday season.

Domestic Violence is a sensitive, private and deeply personal traumatic experience that does not discriminate against gender or ethnicity. Whether it’s during the holidays, coronavirus lockdown, or just a Wednesday night, violence is never ok.

Arrested for Domestic Violence

When arrested for domestic violence, a protective order is likely to be issued. Given the nature of the arrest, an order to attend outpatient or inpatient treatment may also be required. It’s important to speak with a criminal attorney from the moment of your arrest. During your arraignment for your domestic violence arrest, you will have to appear in front of a judge. Your attorney will help you get a bond or bail request.

After 14 days you will be able to challenge the protective order issued at your arraignment. The penalties for a domestic violence arrest depend on the specific charges. An arrest may expose you to potential jail time, probation and fines. The Department of Children and Families may open an investigation if there were kids involved. Domestic Violence arrests can be very disruptive to your life. It’s important to seek counsel from a criminal attorney and assistance from Central Florida Bonding.

We offer discreet 24-7 bail bonding service for the Orlando area, and bond for most criminal charges, felonies and misdemeanors including grand theft, domestic violence, aggravated assault, battery, driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), child neglect, driving with a suspended license, drugs, drug paraphernalia and several others. If you find yourself in need of bail bond services, call our Orlando bail bond office for fast bail service at 407-841-3646.

We are located across from the Orange County, Florida jail in the Cox Plaza at 2911 39th Street, Suite 300, Orlando, FL 32839. We are open during holidays.

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Domestic Violence & The Coronavirus Pandemic

Experts have warned that with the growing coronavirus pandemic, that domestic violence arrests and convictions are rising. “Stay home, stay safe, stop the spread”, is quickly becoming the motto of the Covid-19 quarantine, but for some home is not safe.

Often domestic abuse in movie scenes, occur as a big loud argument often on the front lawn or in public. That is not always the case. In extreme domestic abuse cases in Florida, there are long periods of nonviolent abuse such as coercive and controlling behaviors.

Coronavirus is making it more difficult for people in domestic violence situations. The Centers for Disease Control guidelines for social or physical distancing is making it impossible for people to get the resources they need to combat domestic abuse.

Florida Domestic Violence Centers have seen a decrease in survivors reaching out for help, which some believe to be dangerous. Local domestic violence shelter like, Harbor House, have made accommodations for the pandemic and changes to their routine to continue to provide assistance to survivors. As a result, new residents of Harbor House are in quarantine. Many new safety guidelines have been put in place, including cleaning of communal living spaces. Survivors of domestic abuse are encouraged to seek help and protect themselves. If you or someone you know needs help; please call Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.500.1119 or the Harbor House 24 Hour Hotline at 407.886.2856.

Consequences of Domestic Violence Arrest

If arrested on a domestic violence charge it can result in a misdemeanor or felony conviction.  The outcome will depend on if it was an attempt, threat or use of physical force. The resulting consequences could be punishable by fines or jail time. An arrest for domestic abuse could have unexpected consequences like; a protection order issued, or needing to find a new place to live. An arrest could also impact your employment or your ability to own a firearm.

Central Florida Bonding has been serving Central Florida for over 40 years. We serve Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, and the surrounding areas. Please call us at 407-841-3646.