Covid19 stay at home Stress = Domestic Violence

Sean C. O’Halloran Experienced Ft Myers Criminal Defense Attorney 239-334-8890

April 9 2020

As if things were not tough enough, losing a job, dealing with unemployment and not being able to go anywhere, more and more people find the stress unbearable and take it out on the people they love.  Domestic battery arrests are up and that makes things a thousand times worse.  If you get arrested for domestic battery (fighting with your wife, your girlfriend or other loved one), chances are the judge will enter a no contact order.  That means you cannot go home and have to find somewhere else to live.  And where do you get the money for that?

Being jobless and broke is bad enough, a no contact order is a disaster.  Some people deal with the stay at home stress with alcohol.  News flash…Alcohol is a depressant.  If you were not stressed before, dump a few beers on top of the stress, and your world is a thousand times worse.  Most spouses do not intend to fight….it just happens.  A lot of times, neither one or the other calls the police, and it is a neighbor who hears the shouting and yelling that calls the cops.  When the cops come, they have a zero tolerance policy and someone is going to jail.  Most of the time, it is the guy. 

Our job as Ft. Myers criminal defense lawyers it to try and minimize the consequences of whatever bad decisions you have already made.  Our goal is to get the charges dropped if possible.  We want to get the family reunited and get things back to normal.  Often a wife or girlfriend will initially exaggerate what happened making things sound much worse than it really was.  A domestic violence arrest is like a snowball rolling down the hill.  Once it gets going, it is hard to stop.  Our job as a Lee County defense attorney is to make that happen.


Many times we may be able to present a good argument to the prosecutor as to how and why the dispute occurred.  Domestic battery does not mean someone has to be hurt.  A simple push, a nudge or a poking of the finger can get someone arrested.  As a criminal lawyer, I once handled a case where the husband threw a cup of cold coffee on his wife.  No injury at all, but he got arrested anyway.  Many times the husband is just trying to restrain a wife who has gone nuts over alcohol or jealousy, or worse yet, both.  We often get hired by the very person they say was the victim.  Cooler heads the next day sometimes prevail.  If you or a spouse got arrested for domestic violence, simple battery, or worse yet, aggravated battery and want to discuss the situation confidentially, give us a call. 

Sean C. O’Halloran Experienced Ft Myers Criminal Defense Attorney