Category: Domestic Violence

Mike G Law Risk Protection Order

Florida Risk Protection Orders: Everything You Should Know

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, the state legislature passed FL Statute 790.401 (also known as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act) in an attempt to reduce the possibility of a similar event by allowing law enforcement to confiscate firearms and ammunition for individuals a court deemed dangerous. This act calls for individuals to report their suspicions about a perceived dangerous person to law enforcement, who must then investigate and ask for a risk protection order from the court if they see fit. What is a Risk Protection Order? A risk protection order is a court order that requires an individual (the “respondent”) to surrender their firearms to the authorities as... Read More »

Mike G Law Restraining Orders

Restraining Orders: Everything You Need to Know

Restraining orders are a useful tool meant to help protect the vulnerable. Unfortunately, they are sometimes abused by individuals who think it may help them in some way. Whether it’s a contentious divorce case, a bad breakup, or another kind of dispute, a restraining order can be wielded like a weapon to secure temporary custody, keep an individual from their rightful residence, or otherwise harm another person. At Mike G Law, I fully support the use of restraining orders when legally appropriate and necessary. I believe they can help protect victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable individuals. As a former prosecutor, I’ve seen how restraining orders can help give victims the strength and resolve they need to disentangle themselves... Read More »

Mike G Law fighting domestic violence allegations

Fighting Domestic Violence Allegations in Florida

False accusations can have repercussions for many years. Those accused of abusing their spouses — even without any sort of trial — often become social pariahs. It can be difficult to hold down a job or start a new relationship, even though no formal charges have been brought against you. If children are involved, as is the case in many divorces, custody and visitation can be thrown in jeopardy. And if charges are brought, the situation can be even worse. For many  people who are accused of domestic violence, there is the feeling that they are “guilty until proven innocent.” No one should have to face false allegations of domestic violence, however, because of how vitriolic some divorces and relationships... Read More »

Types of domestic violence

Are you familiar with the types of domestic violence?

If you are part of a relationship, it’s important to learn a thing or two about domestic violence. Even if your relationship is healthy in all ways, you never know what could go wrong in the future. When most people think about domestic violence the only thing that comes to mind is one partner physically abusing the other. While this is one of the most common forms of domestic violence, it’s not the only type. Here is a breakdown of each type of domestic violence: Physical abuse. It’s the most recognizable form of domestic violence, and is exactly what you would expect. This is when one person uses force against the victim, such as by causing injury by slapping, punching,... Read More »

False accusations of domestic violence are common in divorce and custody situations

About 25 percent of divorces involve an allegation of domestic violence. Restraining orders and tales of abuse provide powerful leverage in family court. Research shows that a high percentage of restraining orders are issued for trivial or trumped-up reasons. Half the time, no physical violence is even alleged. Yet judges issue the orders and let the chips fall where they may. The definition of domestic “violence” has been watered down We do not mean in any way to downplay the plight of victims of physical or sexual abuse. Domestic violence is a real problem. However, the threshold for what constitutes domestic violence — especially in the issuance of restraining orders –has become broad and vague. In 32 states, the statutory... Read More »

Domestic Violence Charges

A domestic violence offense can cause you to lose your job, lose your home and keep you away from your family for an extended period of time. Many times the police are called by a neighbor who is bothered by the arguing they are hearing or by a significant other who just wants the police to come break up a fight. The result is usually an arrest of a person who may have no criminal history whatsoever and who was simply having a bad moment. I cannot tell you how many times a girlfriend or wife calls me in tears. They did not want their husband or wife arrested, they simply wanted the police to stop the fight. But, that... Read More »