As criminal defense lawyers in Tampa, we know that witnesses can significantly affect a domestic violence case, especially depending on who the witness is. For example, if the witness is a random passerby, a neighbor, or someone that doesn’t know the victim and defendant, their testimony carries a lot of weight. This testimony can help law enforcement at the time and the prosecution later on down the road because it can offer a different perspective of the incident.

However, there’s also another type of witness who doesn’t carry as much weight. For instance, if it’s a brother or sister or a loved one of either the victim or the defendant, their testimony doesn’t carry quite as much weight because it can be reasonably believed that that person may lie to protect their loved one.