Barrett P. Burnette, accused of striking his girlfriend's face, will be on probation and must complete a stay at a substance abuse and mental health center.

TAVARES — A Tavares divorce attorney who was arrested last year on charges of aggravated stalking and battery after reportedly going on a rampage and hitting his girlfriend in the face with a closed fist has pleaded no contest and been placed on probation.

Barrett P. Burnette, 46, of Longwood, faces two years of community control probation for stalking with credible threat, a third-degree felony, and one year of regular probation for the misdemeanor battery charge.

Community control has more rigorous requirements.

The maximum punishment could have been five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for the felony and one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for the misdemeanor.

Included in the sentence by Circuit Judge G. Richard Singletary is a minimum of 30 days in-house treatment at a substance abuse and mental health center.

An unusual condition added to his probation is that Burnette has been trespassed from Lake County unless his probation officer needs him to come to Tavares. Conditions also call for him to live in Longwood, in Seminole County. He is banned from living anywhere in the 5th Judicial Circuit, which covers Lake, Sumter, Marion, Hernando and Citrus counties.

The Florida Supreme Court has ordered that his law license be suspended. The court has given him 30 days to close his practice so that he can wrap up cases with clients or refer them to another attorney.

The Florida Bar, which is an arm of the Florida high court, petitions the Supreme Court for a felony suspension. The case is then referred to a referee, according to Bar spokeswoman Susannah Lyle.

According to the arrest affidavit, Burnette punched his ex in the eye and threw her around their Lakeview Road home in Mount Dora on July 2, 2018. The victim said it left her with a black eye, bruises on her legs and a back injury that left her unable to move for two days.

The victim said she called her mom on July 4 to pick her up. The mother told police she urged her daughter to go to the doctor and call police, but she refused because she “was in fear for her life.”

Investigators noted that on Aug. 8 the victim still had “a depressed area, bruising and a healing laceration underneath her right eye.”

Burnette was originally charged with aggravated stalking, aggravated stalking with domestic violence, throwing a deadly missile, felony criminal mischief and burglary to an occupied dwelling after an incident a month later at the mother’s house in Mount Dora.

On Aug. 7, he reportedly threw a vodka bottle through the window of a Ford F-150 pickup, bent the side mirrors and antenna, then threw a yard ornament through the window of a Toyota Rav4. Moments later, witnesses say, he ripped a flagpole out of the ground, smashed the tail lights and broke the windshield of the Rav4, then threw the flag pole through the front window of the house.

The website for Burnette’s law firm listed his areas of practice as divorce, alimony modifications and terminations, civil litigation and domestic violence.

For individuals who are unsure if a lawyer has acted ethically or who are dissatisfied and wish to consider whether filing a complaint may be appropriate, The Florida Bar operates the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program. The telephone number is 1-866-352-0707.