Restraining Orders / Injunctions
The Macri Law Firm represents first-time recipients of domestic violence injunctions in Florida. If you have been served with a restraining order, it is imperative that you seek legal support as soon as possible.What are Domestic Violence Injunctions?
Often referred to as restraining orders, domestic violence injunctions force alleged abusers to cease all contact with those who believe they have been victimized. Injunctions for protection against domestic violence may also force the alleged offender to leave his or her home, or pay temporary child support. If the person suspected of abuse fails to abide by the terms of the injunction, he or she may be arrested.
There are two main types of domestic violence injunctions in Florida: temporary and final. Temporary injunctions are designed to provide the victim and his or her family member’s immediate respite from the alleged abuser. There is no need to testify for this type of injunction to be ordered. The length of the injunction can vary, but generally is no longer than fifteen days. Prior to the end of this period, a full hearing is conducted to determine whether a final injunction should be pursued. Some final injunctions last one or two years, while others do not have an expiration date.Who Qualifies for Restraining Orders in Florida?
In Florida, qualification for injunctions hinges on whether the alleged victim is believed to be at immediate risk of suffering domestic violence. When determining eligibility, judges look at a variety of factors, including the following:
- History of stalking or physical abuse
- Threats to abuse or kidnap children
- Physically restraining the victim from contacting law enforcement
- Physically preventing the victim from leaving home
- Destruction of personal property
- Prior restraining orders
If you have been served with a temporary or final injunction for protection against domestic violence, you are at grave risk of criminal charges. Make one wrong move, and you could be arrested. Worse, your restraining order may prevent you from accessing your home or spending time with your children. A Florida injunctions lawyer can help you prevent a temporary restraining order from becoming a final injunction. Additionally, if you are served a final injunction without an expiration date, your restraining order lawyer in Florida can help you file for modification or dissolution.
The right lawyer can make all the difference during this difficult time. Don’t let a restraining order tear your family apart — contact the Macri Law Firm today to learn about your options.