Florida has four separate types of injunctions (also known as restraining orders): one for domestic violence, one for dating violence, one for sexual violence and one for repeat violence. This blog deals strictly with domestic violence, but look for future blogs discussing dating, sexual and repeat violence injunctions.
In Jacksonville Domestic violence has been defined as any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member. Any person who is the victim of domestic violence in Jacksonville or has reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of an act of domestic violence in Jacksonville is given the ability to file a petition for an injunction against domestic violence. Even a member of the family or household can file the petition; it does not have to be “spouse v. spouse.”
A comon issue with these injunctions is they are often filed by the petitioner themselves, with help from a clerk at the Courthouse. The statutes pertaining to injunctions are complicated, and the majority of persons seeking injunctions are represented by themselves, or “pro-se.” Pro-se petitioners often face trouble when it’s time to go in front of the Judge. If you feel you are in a relationship that is abusive, especially where it appears there is an immediate and present danger of violence, or if you have been accused of domestic violence in Jackosnville contact a knowledgeable Jacksonville Domestic Violence Injunction Attorney or call us at 904-685-1200 so that we can help you properly defend your rights in a domesitc violence injunction.