Domestic Violence Attorneys in Martin County
Aggressively Protecting Our Clients’ Rights in Jupiter & the Surrounding Areas
The state of Florida takes domestic violence very seriously. For this reason, it’s important you have a lawyer by your side who can effectively represent your rights and best interests. Whether you are seeking an order of protection or fighting an abuse allegation, we will fight to protect your rights.
Call our office at (772) 238-7231 to learn more about how we can help.
What Is Domestic Violence?
In Florida, this type of abuse occurs when a party with whom another has familial or intimate relationship suffers a form of physical or mental harm.
Domestic violence can be committed by:
- A spouse or former spouse;
- A cohabitant or former cohabitant;
- A person with whom the accused abuser has had a child;
- A person with whom the accused abuser is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship;
- A child of either party; or
- A grandparent, parent, child, grandchild, brother, or sister, or a spouse’s grandparent, parent, child, grandchild, brother, or sister.
Furthermore, abuse is characterized as:
- Intentionally or recklessly causing bodily injury;
- Placing another person in fear of immediate serious bodily injury;
- Sexual assault; and
- Engaging in behavior that is preventable by a domestic violence restraining order.
Restraining Orders Due to Domestic Violence
A court may issue a restraining order if they believe the domestic violence or threat of domestic violence is severe. Additionally, they may do so ex parte, meaning without notice or a prior opportunity to contest the order.
A restraining order is meant to prevent the following:
- Making threatening
- Obscene phone calls
- Destroying personal property
- Coming within a certain distance of or disturbing the peace of the other party and/ or other family or household members
A domestic violence restraining order can also require an alleged abuser to move out of the family home. Additionally, if the abuser has any shared minor children with the abused, they may be ordered to cease all contact. However, they may still be required to pay any child support.
The intentional violation of a domestic violence restraining order is a misdemeanor that can result in fines and jail time. Even accidental violations can have a negative impact on the alleged abuser’s parental rights. Before taking any action toward breaking a restraining order, the alleged abuser should seek advice from a skilled attorney.
Protecting Our Clients’ Personal Rights
We understand the legal complexities of a domestic violence charge. If you are the victim of this action, seek help from one of our compassionate Stuart domestic violence attorneys ASAP. Likewise, if you are accused of domestic violence it’s important you build a strong defense, our lawyers will aggressively fight for you.
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