There are three different types of injunctions (commonly referred to as “restraining orders”) available to individuals in Florida: Domestic Violence Injunctions, Dating Violence Injunctions, and Repeat Violence Injunctions. There are a number of different basis for which the court can grant these injunctions, all of which are enumerated in their respective statutes.
As a criminal defense and family law attorney in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs, FL, I oftentimes receive inquiries regarding the definition of “stalking” as it relates to a Petition for Injunction for Protection against Domestic Violence or, more commonly known as, a Petition for Restraining Order.
As a former Assistant State Attorney assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I was on the front-line of prosecuting individuals arrested for criminal charges such as battery, assault, stalking, kidnapping, and attempted murder. I have personally observed victims of domestic violence appear in my office with bruises the size of cantaloupes about their body, cigar and cigarette burns on their face and neck, and strangulation marks from a phone cord or telephone wire.
If you are the victim or served with notice that you are the respondent in a petition for domestic or repeat violence, it is important to immediately contact an experienced criminal defense or family law attorney familiar with domestic violence or repeat violence cases.