Domestic Violence on Cupid Day in Florida

Christina Garcia of Polk County, Florida, has been charged with two counts of domestic violence in the abuse of her daughter Mercades Nichols. Nichols claimed the two had a verbal argument that progressed rapidly into a physical altercation. Police statement report Nichols saying she was “grabbed by her hair, kicked … several times in the pelvic area and spit [on] her face.” Another fight between the two broke out an hour later after the subsiding of the first confrontation. Nichols is no innocent in this incident. In 2008, she was charged in the videotaping of a beating of another teen in Polk County.

Domestic violence is a destructive crime that separates families, homes, and lives. In this incident, a mother and daughter were amidst the fog of conflict and struck blows to each other. Whenever assault and then battery are evident in some encounter, the results can never be good unless it was in self-defense.

Florida Statute defines “domestic violence” as:

any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.


Criminal defense lawyer Ralph Behr has over 30 years of experience in the defense field and hundreds upon hundreds of case work in domestic abuse and violence issues. Do not pinch pennies with your lawyer, it can cost you not only money in the long run, but time and life outside of a prison cell. Call his law offices in Fort Lauderdale today to set up a free consultation and get the ball rolling on your case.