Has a domestic violence injunction, often times known as a restraining order, been filed against you in the Tampa Bay area? At Taracks & Associates, we have a team of lawyers available to help defend you. Here is what you need to know:
How the process works
In Florida, a Petitioner (person filing for an injunction) can go to the court house and file paperwork describing acts of domestic violence that have occurred. For people in a relationship (sexual, dating, living together, have a child together) only one act of violence is required. For those not in a relationship (friends, neighbors, co-workers) two acts are required. One of the acts must occur within six months.
A judge will review the petition the day it is filed and determine whether or not the allegations alone would be enough to grant the injunction. If so, a temporary injunction will be issued for approximately 14 days. During that time you (the respondent) will not be permitted to contact or come within 500 feet of the petitioner, his or her work place, his or her school, or his or her children (if applicable.)
On or about the 14th day, a trial will be held. You will be required to appear and possibly present your defense. This is where having an skilled attorney comes into play.
How we can help
Our firm will review the petition and look for inconsistencies and possible defenses (self-defense, defense of others, etc.) Additionally, we will help you gather evidence and speak to witnesses who may be able to testify on your behalf. If necessary, we will represent you at your trial and will help you prove to the Court that you did not commit the acts alleged in the petition.
You may be facing a divorce or custody battle after the injunction is filed. Additionally, you may be facing criminal charges that stem from the same incident. Our firm has lawyers who specialize in criminal defense and family law that can help you through those cases as well.
What is the next step
Call our firm today at 813-281-2897 for a free, confidential consultation. We have a lawyer on call 24/7 at 813-281-2897. We will speak to you about the allegations and help you navigate this complex legal process. Taracks & Associates – The Advocate For You.