Restraining orders, referred to in the legal world as injunctions, are a common type of court order that essentially prohibits one person from coming into contact with another person. There are several kinds of injunctions, each with specific grounds. A restraining order violation in St. Petersburg is a misdemeanor crime, punishable by jail time and fines.
If you are facing charges for violating a restraining order, contact a lawyer from Goldman Wetzel for help: 727-828-3900.
What are some ways someone can violate a restraining order?
Courts may grant restraining orders on various premises, such as in cases of alleged domestic violence, sexual battery or rape, stalking, and repeat violence, to name a few. The details about the restricted contact and the duration of the injunction will be in the court order itself.
Per Fla. Stat. § 741.31, below are some of the acts for which the state may charge someone for violating a restraining order related to domestic violence.
- Going within 500 feet of the petitioner’s home, job, school, etc.
- Refusing to vacate the home if the parties reside together
- Texting, calling, or using social media or any app to contact the petitioner
- Going within 100 feet of the petitioner’s vehicle (even if unoccupied)
- Defacing the petitioner’s property
If a petitioner attempts to contact a respondent, it is in the respondent’s best interests to ignore all attempts at contact as responding in any way may be a violation of the restraining order.
What are the penalties for restraining order violations?
In Florida, most violations of restraining orders are first-degree misdemeanors. Possible penalties include up to a year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.
The residual consequences of a violation can be considerable as well. For example, it might affect his public reputation. In addition, if the sentence includes jail time, it could place the respondent’s job and career in jeopardy.
This is why it is important to retain a defense attorney at Goldman Wetzel if you are facing charges related to violating a restraining order. We will explore the details of your case available to build your defense and explore the options available to you.
Can Goldman Wetzel help me?
Goldman Wetzel represents respondents who allegedly violated a restraining order, as well as petitioners if the respondent violated the injunction. Call our office at 727-828-3900 or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.