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Does Verbal Abuse Fall Under Domestic Violence?

Does Verbal Abuse Fall Under Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is often linked to physical abuse and violent behavior; however, domestic violence can also be emotional abuse. In fact, domestic violence includes a broad range of abuse such as physical, sexual, psychological, and verbal. Verbal domestic abuse is one of the most complex and least understood crimes. It is also one of the most falsely reported abuses because there is very little evidence to prove that it happened.

If you have been charged with domestic abuse, it is vital to seek our Fort Lauderdale domestic violence attorney today for a free consultation. Without the assistance of an aggressive attorney, you will be facing an uphill battle with our legal system. We are available 24/7: call (954) 543-1788!

What Is Emotional & Verbal Abuse?

Domestic violence doesn’t look the same for every relationship because every relationship is different. However, there is a common set of behaviors that abusers employ to control their victims. In many cases, an emotional abuser may never be physically violent but still employs classic methods of manipulation to harm their partners.

Some of the most common types of emotional and verbal abuse include when a partner:

  • Is overly possessive and jealous
  • Tries to isolate the other from their family and friends
  • Traps the other in a home or prevents them from leaving
  • Uses weapons as a threat
  • Threatens to hurt the other partner, children, or pets
  • Attempts to control the other’s appearance
  • Uses insults and names to criticize the other

What to Do When You Are Falsely Accused of Abuse

If you were falsely charged with domestic violence for verbal abuse, you may think that the justice system will find you innocent. That's not always the case. Many of these cases can be extremely complex, making your charges hard to defend against. This is why it is vital to contact a Fort Lauderdale domestic violence lawyer who can defend your rights. Prosecutors routinely seek conviction or guilty pleas, even when an alleged victim signs a waiver of prosecution and wants to drop the case. The sooner you get an attorney on your side, the sooner we can begin to defend your rights and freedoms.

If you are interested in learning more from a domestic violence attorney in Fort Lauderdale, contact our office today: (954) 543-1788!


Our Victories

  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

  • Domestic Violence
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser went to trial and were able to show during cross-examination that the alleged victim was the aggressor and that the client acted in self-defense. The jury returned a not guilty verdict almost immediately following trial.
  • Domestic Violence With 911 Call and Pictures
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser took the case to trial after fleshing out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client's unblemished record was preserved.
  • False Arrest

    Outcome: Attorney Glasser was able to show with video footage that his client did not commit the alleged offense and furthermore, the police officer who ordered his arrest was negligent in his investigation and improperly supervised.

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  • Probation Only Federal Conspiracy to Commit Mail & Wire Fraud

    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

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  • “I don’t usually post reviews but I had to make an exception in this case. Mike and everyone at the office were beyond helpful. Went to court twice once to find out my charges the last to find out everything was dropped. I couldn’t have asked for a more pro”


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  • “Their great efforts got us the most unexpected, but amazing outcome for what we were up against.”


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  • “I Was Able to Have My Name Cleared”

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  • “I don’t usually post reviews but I had to make an exception in this case. Mike and everyone at the office were beyond helpful. Went to court twice once to find out my charges the last to find out everything was dropped. I couldn’t have asked for a more pro”


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