DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN FLORIDA
LET US HELP YOU NAVIGATE THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWS IN FLORIDA
In 2016, Florida law enforcement received more than 105,000 complaints of domestic violence and arrested more than 63,000 people for those crimes. Domestic violence is defined as violence committed against a family or household member. Those acts of violence can include assault and aggravated assault, battery and aggravated battery, sexual assault and sexual battery, stalking and aggravated stalking, and kidnapping.
In Florida family law, a family or household member can include:
- co-parent of an individual’s child
- relative related by blood or marriage
- people who live together
- people who used to live together
- people in a dating relationship
Victims of domestic violence have both criminal and family law options to pursue. At Pazos Law Group, our experienced family law attorneys help people pursue injunctions (or restraining orders) against their abusers or defend themselves from those petitions.
FOUR TYPES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INJUNCTIONS IN FLORIDA
A Florida domestic violence injunction keeps an abuser from approaching someone that he or she has abused. If you are a domestic violence victim, Pazos Law Group can help you file a petition for an injunction.
A domestic violence injunction can order an abuser to stay away from you–at home, work–and stop any contact with you and your family. We will handle everything, from the paperwork to helping you prepare for the injunction hearings where we’ll argue your case in front of a judge.
Florida courts order different types of injunctions for different situations.
- Domestic Violence
- Repeat, Dating, and Sexual Violence
- Stalking and Cyberstalking
If your case does not qualify for a standard domestic violence injunction, it may qualify for one of the other types of injunctions. We will help you argue your case before the judge, to keep you safe.
CHALLENGING A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE IN COURT
Sadly, some people who are in the midst of a divorce case use domestic violence as a way to manipulate a case to their advantage. Those cases make the system more difficult for domestic violence victims and their families. Our experienced South Florida family law attorneys work hard to spot the difference between injunctions that have been filed for protection and those that have been filed to gain an unfair advantage. If you have been the victim of an untrue injunction petition, we can defend you in court.
If you are in the midst of a divorce case, we can also help you use a false claim of domestic violence by your ex-spouse in your case.