Protective orders, restraining orders, injunctions; all of these terms mean one thing: someone has gone to court and asked a judge to keep you away from them. These orders can greatly disrupt your life and your relationships. They can interfere with your ability to travel, own a gun, and exercise a number of other rights. An injunction for protection is a very significant matter; when injunctions are entered, they are permanent.
At Aaron Delgado & Associates, we provide highly experienced and aggressive criminal defense. Our lawyers represent clients throughout Central Florida who have been served with civil and criminal injunctions. If you have been served with an injunction for protection or think you may soon be served with one, it is vital to contact a criminal defense attorney who can help you.
Four types of injunctions can be served against a person for their alleged bad behavior. Our attorneys have experience helping people with all types of injunctions, and doing everything we can to ensure that each client's rights are respected. The four types of injunctions are:
1. Stalking Injunctions (including cyberstalking)
These can be issued against someone who allegedly sent a harassing text message or social media message or made an objectionable phone call.
2. Repeat Violence Injunctions
These can be issued against someone who committed two separate acts of violence or stalking, one of which was in the past six months.
3. Domestic Violence Injunctions
These can be issued when someone has been a victim of violence or stalking or has reason to believe violence is imminent. These injunctions are used only when the violence is between spouses or former spouses, or any other relatives by blood or marriage who live in the same household.
4. Sexual Violence Injunctions
These cover sexual battery, a lewd or lascivious act in the presence of someone under 16 years old, luring a child, sexual performance of a child, or any felony with a sexual component.
We see many injunctions that are filed unfairly. For instance, a vengeful ex-spouse or ex-partner will often use a domestic violence injunction to temporarily gain exclusive use of the house and custody of the children.
If you try to fight such an injunction without the help of an attorney, you may lose, simply because you don't know the right questions to ask, or you don't know your rights, or you don't know how to address the judge correctly.
Those who ask for injunctions must follow certain steps. If they do not, then an injunction should not be issued. There may be valid defenses to the issuance of an injunction as well. Our defense attorneys are here to provide the professional and knowledgeable representation you need.
If you have been served with any type of injunction or restraining order in Florida, you need to get legal help as soon as possible. Call a restraining order lawyer at 386-222-6677 or contact us online to discuss your case.