How To Avoid Violating A Restraining Order
It is an unfortunate fact of life that relationship conflicts can bring out the worst in people. If you are named in a restraining order by your spouse or another family member, this is not a situation you can ignore or treat lightly. Some of the consequences of being on the receiving end of a restraining order can include:
- Being required to leave your living space
- Losing custody rights or even the right to unsupervised visitation with your children
- Being required to surrender your firearms, and losing the right to purchase new guns
- Professional sanctions or job loss
- The restraining order appearing on your criminal record permanently
My firm, Mike G Law, can help you defend yourself against a restraining order and share your side of the situation in court.
Understanding The Restraining Order Process
In Florida, the terms "domestic violence injunctions" and "restraining orders" are used interchangeably to describe an order of protection. Restraining orders are considered a judicial priority, and the judge may grant a temporary order within hours of its filing. If this is the case, you will be required to vacate the living space you share with the alleged victim and to cease all contact with them.
Your best option will be to secure an attorney to represent your interests at the hearing on the order, which is usually scheduled within two weeks of the initial filing. This hearing is your chance to have your side of the facts presented with the assistance of a lawyer. If the judge does not find your explanations convincing a permanent restraining order can be entered prohibiting contact permanently.
"No Contact" Means No Contact
Once the order is in place, you may not contact the alleged victim, even if they reach out to you. Even a single email response or text can be considered a violation of the order causing you to be arrested on new criminal charges.
If you are found to have violated the restraining order, you may face new charges, including criminal penalties.
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Mike G Law helps clients in the Tampa Bay area defend themselves against restraining orders. Call me at 813-221-4303, or use my online form to set up your free introductory appointment.