Nobody deserves to live under the threat of violence, but it is nonetheless a reality for many residents of Florida. If you have personally become a victim of domestic abuse, such as physical battery, sexual battery, stalking, or assault, you have the right to ask the court for legal protection. Florida law first provides a temporary injunction for your protection, then makes a final determination for the longevity of the restraining order.
Filing for an Injunction
At any time, you can go to your local Clerk of Court’s Office and file for a domestic violence injunction. It is during this injunction application process that you will need to provide all details of your situation, including proof of abuse. This can be challenging, which is why the court officers are there to help you compile your evidence and explain your situation within the necessary documents. After you gather all of your information and submit your injunction papers, a judge will review to determine if you are in immediate danger.
Being Granted a Temporary Injunction
A judge will evaluate your injunction request and determine whether or not you are in danger. If your application is approved, you will be granted a restraining order from your abuser for up to 15 days. During that time, the person in question is legally required to stop all acts of violence toward you and immediately cease all contact with you. The abuser must also stay away from the places that you spend time, like home, school, work, and homes of family members and friends. If the abuser lives in your home, he or she is forced to leave the home and, if children are involved, render all custody to you.
Wait for a Hearing
The next step in this process involves a court hearing. You and your abuser will both be given a chance to make your cases known, and a judge will make a final determination. If you don’t want to experience this without professional support, the North Tampa Law Group has years of experience representing domestic violence clients during stressful and difficult times in their lives. You can call them today at (813) 518-7411 to benefit from their empathetic and responsive legal services and ensure the best outcome for yourself in court.