Violence is all too common when a relationship ends. When it occurs between two people who are dating, an injunction for dating violence may come into play. If someone you were dating acted violently or hurt you, the Goldman Wetzel team can help you file for a dating violence injunction. If someone else filed for an unwarranted injunction against you, we can fight to protect your rights.
We can get your petition before a Tampa judge as soon as possible or work to fight a petition filed against you. If you violated an injunction, we can defend you during criminal proceedings. Call our team today at 727-828-3900 today to get started.
Understanding a Dating Violence Injunction in Tampa
Dating violence injunctions are a type of Florida restraining order available to the victims of violent acts or threats when they have a “continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature” with the accused party.
In general, you can get this type of injunction if:
- You dated or had a continuing intimate relationship in the last six months; and
- There was the expectation of affection or sexual involvement in the relationship; and
- You were involved with this person over time or on a continuous basis
This type of restraining order would not be available if you were casual acquaintances, co-workers, or neighbors unless you also met the other requirements. In addition, while dating violence injunctions require intimate or romantic involvement, they are not used to restrict live-in partners, spouses, or former spouses. A domestic violence injunction would better suit these situations.
Petitioning for a Dating Violence Injunction
If you need to file for an injunction for dating violence, we can help you prepare your sworn petition and ask the local circuit court to issue a temporary restraining order. Sometimes called ex parte orders, these orders will protect you until the court can set a date to hear from both you and the respondent.
During the hearing, we will present the case we built to support an injunction for dating violence and request the Judge make the ex parte orders permanent.
Fighting a Tampa Injunction for Dating Violence
If your former significant other files an injunction for dating violence against you, someone will notify you by serving you with court orders. These orders will outline the temporary restraining order you must follow and tell you when and where to appear in court for a hearing.
If this happened to you, reach out to Goldman Wetzel attorneys for advice and support. We can help you understand the ex parte orders. It is important to remember these orders are only temporary and that the judge based them only on the petitioner’s sworn testimony. During your hearing, we will get to present evidence to tell your side of the story and fight to get the injunction dropped.
We Can Represent You If You Stand Accused of Violating a Dating Violence Injunction
If your former boyfriend or girlfriend successfully petitioned for a dating violence injunction against you, we can help you understand the restrictions in the order. You need to follow them carefully to avoid significant consequences because violating a Florida injunction is a first-degree misdemeanor in most cases. Penalties associated with this type of charge include:
- Up to a year in jail
- A year of probation
If they accuse you of multiple violations or there are aggravating circumstances, you may face more serious charges that could come with stiffer penalties.
Let our team go to work on your case. We may be able to:
- Stop the charges before the state attorney files them
- Get the charges dropped
- Build a strong defense strategy to try to clear your name
- Negotiate a lighter sentence, such as probation instead of jail time or fines
Learn about the difference between being indicted and charged.
Talk to Goldman Wetzel Lawyers About Your Case Today
The attorneys from Goldman Wetzel can explain dating violence injunctions, help you petition for one, or stand beside you if you are the respondent who has an injunction filed against you. When you hire a Goldman Wetzel attorney, you hire both of them. This means you get both the experience of a career defense attorney alongside someone with insider knowledge of how the prosecutor’s office works.
Our team can go to work for you today. We will review the facts of your situation, collect evidence, and build the case you need. We serve clients in Tampa, Florida, and nearby areas, including in Bradenton, Pinellas County, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg. Call us today at 727-828-3900 to learn more.