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Different Types of Restraining Orders in Florida & When to Use Them

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2018 | Domestic Violence, Firm News, Restraining Orders

When someone is victimized by domestic violence, it is important to keep them distanced from their abuser. An injunction can be an effective way to prevent further attacks or issues, given there is time to file for one. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please do not hesitate to contact the authorities immediately. After the immediate danger has been removed or you are in a safe space, you can begin considering how to file for an injunction.

In Florida, there are two forms of retraining orders, also called injunctions:

  • Temporary: Providing immediate but only momentary relief from an abuser, a temporary injunction may be entered when someone reports domestic violence to a court. The temporary injunction will be served to the abuser, which counts as its official beginning date. Within 15 days, a court date will be set to decide whether the injunction should be ended or extended.
  • Final: At the court hearing, a judge will rule to end the injunction or turn it into a final injunction, which is typically indefinite. The judge can create another end date for a final injunction, such as it ending after many years or after a certain event like moving to another state.

Whether an injunction or restraining order is temporary or final, it will use similar methods to keep the abuser from the accuser. Injunctions tend to prohibit the abuser to traveling to certain locations at certain times and bar them from contacting the abuser through any means, including third party contact. A final injunction may even strip the abuser’s gun rights, demanding them to surrender any firearms to a law enforcement department and blocking them from purchasing any guns in the future.

Fair & Honest Legal Representation in Marion County

Ami L. DiLorenzo, P.A. and our Ocala family law attorney is prepared to assist you with your domestic violence case, whether you need to file for an injunction or respond to one. We understand the importance of honesty in legal matters and do everything we can to uphold the best interests of our clients. To learn more about how our law firm can be of assistance, please call (352) 437-2200 or contact us online for a no-cost case evaluation.