Jacksonville Order of Protection Lawyers
Order of Protection
If you believe that you and your family are in danger, you may qualify for an injunction. An injunction is a court-issued order that can protect you from domestic violence, stalking or sexual violence. A restraining order can prohibit an individual from approaching or contacting a specific person. If someone has threatened or harmed you, an order of protection can keep that person away from you and your family.
Domestic violence is an extremely serious issue and is often grounds for a restraining or protective order in Florida. An order of protection can have a remarkable effect on any divorce case involving custody and parenting issues. The fallout from a granted or denied injunction can have far-reaching effects on your divorce or paternity case. This is why it is critical to retain the services of an experienced Florida divorce lawyer. Please contact us at (904) 263-4610 for more information that can greatly help you and your family during this difficult time.
Understanding Protective Orders in Florida
Before obtaining an order of protection, it is important to understand the difference between civil law and criminal law. The criminal law system handles cases involving harassment, assault, stalking and other related crimes. If there is sufficient evidence, a criminal complaint against someone will result in an arrest and possibly a prosecution. In civil law, you ask the court to protect you from someone else. You are not asking the court to arrest the person as much as asking for space from that person. If, however, that person violates the protective order, you can have him or her arrested.
Different Types of Orders
Here are a few different types of injunctions that are available in Jacksonville:
- Protective order against domestic violence is an injunction to provide protection from abuse by a family or household member.
- Injunction against repeat violence can be filed against anyone who has committed at least two acts of stalking or violence against you.
- Injunction against dating violence is for those who have been abused by someone with whom they have a romantic relationship.
- Injunction against sexual violence is a protective order for individuals who have reported an act of sexual violence to the police.
- Protection against stalking/cyberstalking is for individuals being followed and harassed.
Regardless of your relationship, you can file for an injunction against someone who has repeatedly followed, harassed or cyberstalked you.
Getting the Help You Need
Orders of protection issued in Jacksonville are also enforceable if you move. If you are moving to another state or if you are going on vacation outside of Florida, your injunction is still enforceable. This means that you will remain protected no matter where you go. Under the Violence Against Women Act, your injunction will remain enforceable and the abuser can still face punishment.
If you have been abused or if you fear that you are in danger of abuse, do not hesitate to research your rights and options. A Jacksonville family law attorney can help you get the support and protection you need during such a challenging time. Please contact the experienced divorce lawyers at Farah & Farah at (904) 263-4610 for a no-cost, comprehensive consultation.