Domestic Violence Attorney in Naples
Restraining Order Lawyers Working to Protect You & Your Family
Florida courts take domestic violence very seriously. If you are the victim of domestic violence or have been falsely accused of committing an act of domestic violence, then Family First Legal Group can help.
Our Naples domestic violence lawyers have the resources needed to protect you and your family. Contact us now to get started on your case!
Contact us to schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable domestic violence attorneys in Naples who can discuss your options with you.
What Is Domestic Violence?
In Florida, domestic violence has two basic elements. First, there must be an act or a threat to act in a manner that will cause harm to another person.
The acts that are considered to be domestic violence include:
- Sexual battery
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- False imprisonment
The second element of domestic violence in Florida is that the victim must have a familial relationship or be in the same household with the person engaging in the act of domestic violence.
Relationships that are covered under the domestic violence laws include:
- Spouses and former spouses
- Individuals who have a child together, either while married or unmarried
- People who are related by blood
- People who live together as a family or did so in the past
How to File for a Restraining Order in Florida
Domestic violence victims -- as well as victims of harassment or stalking -- can file for an injunction of protection at the district court in their county. After reviewing the petition to determine if it has merit, a judge will (or will not) issue a temporary restraining order, which lasts for 15 days. A hearing will then be scheduled for a permanent injunction of protection.
Victims of acts of domestic violence can seek protection by filing for a restraining order. This is a legally binding document that requires one individual to stay away from the individual who has applied for the restraining order. Restraining orders are an important means of protecting domestic violence victims from future harm.
How Long Does a Restraining Order Last in Florida?
If a petition for a restraining order has merit, then a judge will issue a temporary restraining order until a hearing can be held to determine if a permanent restraining order is necessary. A temporary restraining order lasts for 15 days, while a permanent restraining order is permanent, unless otherwise ordered by a judge.
If you are seeking a restraining order, call our Naples domestic violence attorneys at (239) 319-4441. Our legal team can use their many years of experience to build a strategic case that can represent your side of the story.