Know your Rights
An injunction, also referred to as a restraining order, is basically a stay-away order.
Florida law allows eligible victims of domestic violence, repeat violence, dating violence, and stalking to obtain an injunction. Although an injunction is civil in nature, violation of a civil injunction is a crime and subjects you to criminal penalties, including jail.
Repeat Violence Injunctions
What happens when multiple incidents occur?
A victim of repeat violence may obtain a repeat violence injunction. Repeat violence means two incidents of violence or stalking committed by the respondent, one of which must have been within 6 months of the filing of the petition, which are directed against the petitioner or the petitioner’s immediate family member.
An injunction can have significant consequences; and, once granted, an injunction can be difficult to modify or dissolve.
If an injunction is granted, the court can require you to take lengthy and expensive classes and forfeit weapons, including firearms. The court can also address a variety of other topics in an injunction hearing, such as use and occupancy of a residence, custody of minor children, child support, and alimony. The injuction will be part of public records and may appear in backgound checks.
Get Legal Help
It is highly recommended that you obtain the assistance of an attorney in a civil injunction proceeding alleging domestic violence, repeat violence, or dating violence
The Law Firm of Steven W. Bowden can explain the injunction process and courtroom procedures to you. Our Law Firm can research the considerable body of caselaw concerning the injunction statutes for legal precedents that may help you case. Let us advise you of substantive and procedural defenses you may have.
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