In Florida, domestic violence is not just a criminal matter.
Florida has a domestic violence system which allows a victim of domestic violence to apply for an injunction against the person who committed domestic violence. Domestic violence is more than just physical assaults. In Florida, domestic violence also includes stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any offense resulting in injury of a family or household member by another family or household member. To get a domestic violence injunction, you must prove to the court that you are either the victim of domestic violence or have reasonable cause to believe you are in imminent danger of becoming the victim of domestic violence. Being in a relationship in which there is domestic violence, and trying to leave a domestic violence situation, can be scary and dangerous. We understand how difficult these situations can be. Our attorneys are experienced in handling domestic violence cases.
Florida also has a system for obtaining an injunction in other situations that require protection, but do not arise between family or household members. These injunctions include repeat violence, dating violence, sexual violence, stalking, and cyberstalking.
While the process for obtaining an injunction is similar regardless of the type of injunction, there are specific requirements to apply for and obtain each type of injunction If you apply for the wrong type of injunction, you may have to start the process over. It is very important that your attorney understands the requirements for each type of injunction and is familiar with the process for each type of injunction.
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Our attorneys also represent people who have injunctions entered against them. Sometimes injunctions are wrongly entered. Sometimes the injunction is justified, but the restrictions in the injunction are more than what is necessary under your circumstances. If an injunction is entered against you, you may be able to have the injunction dissolved or dismissed. If the injunction cannot be dissolved or dismissed right away, you may have tasks to complete. It is important to have a lawyer to carefully explain your options and your responsibilities if an injunction is entered against you. Our lawyers are experienced in doing this.
An injunction can prevent contact with the other person involved and with children that are involved. It can also determine who gets to live in a home and prevent you from going certain places. These are extremely important matters. Whether you are the victim of domestic, or other, violence, or have had an injunction entered against you, the legal advice you get during this time is critical. We can provide you the advice and guidance you need to get through this process.