Sarasota Domestic Violence & Restraining Order Attorney

Order of Protection Lawyers

If you are the victim of abuse or you have been accused of domestic violence, take immediate action to ensure the protection of your rights. Florida domestic violence injunctions, or "restraining orders" can have far reaching consequences for both parties that are rarely explained by the court.

Victims of domestic violence are often afraid to come forward for fear of greater retaliation, especially when minor children are involved. It is important that you speak with an attorney to discuss the advantages, and the limitations, of filing for and ultimately receiving a domestic violence injunction in Sarasota or Manatee counties.

What is the difference between a Restraining Order and an Injunction?

Nothing. What is commonly called a "restraining order" in other parts of the country is called a "domestic violence injunction" in Florida. The purpose is the same, to prevent someone from contacting or coming within a certain distance of the victim, their home, their vehicle, or their place of employment.

If you fear for your safety, or the safety of your children, contact our restraining order lawyers today. Although you may file for a restraining order on your own, many clients find comfort in having a trusted advocate with them. Contact our law firm to find out what is requried to get a restraining order and for help in preparing and filing a petition for protection in circuit court.

What is a temporary injunction for protection against domestic violence?

A temporary injunction is just one of four types of restraining orders in Florida. When someone files for a restraining order or a domestic violence injunction in Sarasota or Manatee counties, the court will often issue an injunction on a temporary basis. This injunction has the same authority as a permanent injunction, so it is extremely important that if you have had a temporary injunction issued against you that you not have any contact with the victim until authorized by the court that issued the injunction.

Relief For Victims Of Domestic Violence

Florida law provides some critical relief for victims of domestic violence. An injunction against a threatening party may:

  • Prohibit an abuser from making further contact in person, by phone, by email or by other means of communication with the protected party
  • Grant exclusive use and possession of the home to the protected party
  • Establish a temporary short-term custody or time-sharing (visitation) order
  • Establish a temporary support order for minor children or the protected party
  • Order an abuser to obtain necessary treatment or counseling
  • Order such other relief as the court deems necessary

Injunction Defense Attorneys

If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is critical that you seek the assistance of highly qualified legal counsel immediately. If your spouse has not already filed for divorce, you should consider the possibility that he or she may do so very soon.

If a court makes a finding that you have committed an act of domestic violence, it will significantly impact your rights. In addition to the restrictive terms of the protective order, which can interfere with your daily life at work and at home, the court's finding of domestic violence will likely play a major role in your divorce, including your custody and time-sharing rights. Our attorneys will closely examine the facts of your case and build a strong defense on your behalf to ensure the protection of your rights.

Restraining Order Lawyers in Sarasota, FL

If you are in need of a restraining order attorney or injunction defense lawyer, contact the family law attorneys at Able & Tobaygo in Sarasota, FL. We are committed to helping our clients achieve the safety and well-being they deserve. We also understand that being in these situations, whether you are a victim or respondant, is very trying and stressful. We will do what's necessary to ensure your safety.