What is domestic violence?
Assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual batter, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any other criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death to the person requesting the injunction, or to their family or household members.
Who can request a Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence?
If you are a victim of any act of domestic violence or have reasonable cause to believe that you are in imminent danger of becoming a victim of domestic violence, you can ask the court to enter an Injunction.
What is the process of obtaining an Injunction?
After a judge reviews your petition, you may be granted a Temporary Injunction Against Domestic Violence. The respondent will be personally served with the Temporary Injunction. The temporary injunction will be effective as soon as the respondent is served. The injunction is valid for approximately 15 days or until a final hearing is scheduled. At the final hearing, you must prove to the judge why you should be granted a permanent injunction. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Judge determines whether to grant you a permanent injunction, keep the current injunction in place for a specific amount of time or dissolve the existing one.
Before you go to court for a domestic violence proceeding, it is best to contact a qualified family law attorney who can represent your best interests. Contact Jeannette Watkin, Esq. to represent you in your domestic violence proceedings. Call JWatkin Law. P.A., for a confidential consultation at (786) 272-6360, or contact us online.