Jacksonville Domestic Violence Attorney
Get an Injunction for Protection from Domestic Abuse
If you have been the victim of abuse, or falsely accused of domestic violence, you need a Jacksonville domestic violence lawyer to represent you. At the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A., we have the skill, experience, and dedication to fight for your protection and your rights.
How a Domestic Violence Lawyer Can Help
Our lawyers have approximately 100 years of collective experience, and we have helped many clients obtain favorable resolutions in divorce and family law matters. Our founding attorney has a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating and is rated Superb on Avvo.
We have built a reputation for professional excellence based on legal skill and upon our dedication to pursuing the best possible outcome for those we represent.
Need Help Getting an Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is not limited to married or divorcing couples. It can come from a parent, a child, a former spouse, or someone with whom you have or once had an intimate relationship.
If someone in your household is exhibiting dangerous or abusive behavior, call 9-1-1 for emergency protection, and then contact our firm immediately.
What is an Injunction for Protection in Florida?
In Florida, Injunctions for Protection fill the same role as restraining orders in most states. To obtain an injunction, you must file for one with your county court.
If the judge presiding over your case believes that you are in "immediate danger of becoming a victim of domestic violence," you can obtain a Temporary Injunction for Protection to protect you while the court arranges a hearing to determine whether you need a Permanent Injunction for Protection.
A judge may award you a temporary injunction without the other party present (also known as an 'ex parte' injunction). Judges commonly award temporary injunctions in cases where:
- The alleged survivor/victim has proof of threats, harassment, stalking, or physical abuse from the alleged abuser;
- The alleged abuser attempted to harm another individual, such as a family member of the alleged survivor/victim;
- The alleged abuser threatened to use deadly or lethal force or weapons;
- The alleged abuser has a history of criminal or domestic violence or has had other protective orders issued against them;
- The alleged abuser has isolated the alleged survivor/victim, destroyed their property, or caused them to believe they were in immediate danger.
Temporary injunctions last for a set amount of time, but judges often extend those deadlines until both parties can attend an official hearing for the case. The court will usually try and set an official hearing within a couple of weeks from the alleged survivor/victim filing for the case.
At the hearing, both parties have the opportunity to present evidence for themselves or against the other party. After assessing the evidence, the judge will determine whether the alleged abuser is guilty. If so, they will likely award the alleged survivor/victim with a Permanent Injunction for Protection that protects them for a longer amount of time and can be extended as necessary. The abuser may also face criminal charges.
Our attorneys are here to usher you through your case, working with you to get the protection you deserve so you can ensure safety for yourself and those you love.
What Does an Injunction Do?
An Injunction for Protection or Order of Protection will prevent the person named in the order from having any further contact with the petitioner. This includes:
- Written communication
- Electronic communication
- Verbal communication
Domestic violence cases can often result in an injunction for protection or Order of Protection to prevent spousal abuse such as:
- Pulling hair
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Threats of violence
How Domestic Violence Could Affect Your Divorce
If you were arrested in a domestic violence matter, the court probably served you with a restraining order prohibiting any contact with the alleged victim.
Do not violate the order! Bear in mind that enforcement is not at the discretion of the victim. If you were falsely accused of domestic violence, our divorce lawyer can assist you. Unfortunately, false accusations of this nature are sometimes made in an attempt to gain an advantage in a divorce or custody battle. Our firm has defended a number of clients in this situation.
Contact our firm for an aggressive legal advocate in domestic violence situations.
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