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Domestic Violence Video FAQs

Sam Masters Domestic Violence Video FAQs Answers Some of the Most Frequently Asked Questions. See Videos Below.

There is an NCO still in place, but the "victim" keeps calling me? What should I do?

There is an NCO still in place, but the "victim" keeps calling me? What should I do?

Well you don't respond, and you don't have contact with her. The no contact order is for you and not her. But if she is attempting to contact you? You need to get with an experienced lawyer who can have that contact changed possibly to a no violent contact if she wants to speak with you. But until that time, you run the risk of violating the contact order if you do respond.

 

My girlfriend and I got in a fight and I hit her. We made up and are back together. Can she just drop the charges?

My girlfriend and I got in a fight and I hit her. We made up and are back together. Can she just drop the charges?

It is not up to your girlfriend whether the charges are dropped or not. It is up to the State. It is best to have an experienced attorney who can communicate directly with the prosecutor and facilitate your girlfriend speaking with the prosecutor. However, it's still up to the state as to whether to pursue the charges against you. And that may come down to whether or not this has ever happened before, or whether or not you have a prior criminal history. All those things have to be considered in determining whether the charges will be dropped.

 

Can a domestic violence charge be expunged from my record?

Can a domestic violence charge be expunged from my record?

Only if the charge is dismissed. You need to have an experienced attorney who can help resolve this case hopefully in a way that allows the charges to be dropped. That's going to be the only way that you will qualify down the road to have it expunged.

 

What do I do if there is a warrant out for my arrest in Florida?

What do I do if there is a warrant out for my arrest in Florida?

It's important to immediately contact experienced local counsel. They can reach out to the State; they can also determine whether or not we can surrender. You have the bond reduced, maybe even have the warrant recalled depending upon how old it is. In any event, it's important to have an attorney walk you through that process.

 

Why should I consider hiring you?

Why should I consider hiring you?

I have been in Daytona Beach in Volusia County my entire life. I've practiced in Volusia County in Daytona Beach for 35 years. Five years as a prosecutor, 30 years as a defense lawyer. My assistant has worked with me for 30 years. Unfortunately, that means she can find me no matter where I am. So, you will always get to talk to me. And I will be the one handling your case. You're not going to hire an AV rated lawyer with my experience and then get calls from an associate with two years of experience. We're responding to our clients constantly. We give them answers. And I will create as many options for you as possible, and I will explain those options to you until you understand them.

 

What would your past clients say about you?

What would your past clients say about you?

They'll say that I communicated with them, I answered their questions whenever they called, I made myself available whenever they had questions and concerns. We provide great service. Even my assistant Patty, who's been with me 30 years, always knows where to find me, and my clients get to speak with me whenever they need to. And I think they've felt comfortable and satisfied with the results.

 

What makes working with you different than other lawyers?

What makes working with you different than other lawyers?

Experience and communication. I've been practicing for 35 years. I was a prosecutor for five years. I've been doing criminal defense for 30 years. I've made it my career to make sure my clients understand the process, understand what they're facing. I will explain all the options to them. They can call me, and I'll return their calls. I think those are vital in a representation of a client.