An experienced attorney can advise and guide you toward actions that will reduce the chances of a restraining order and minimize the personal and legal consequences for you. Under the provisions of Florida Statute 741.28, domestic violence means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death.
Consequences if a final injunction for protection is entered against you:
- Your ability to purchase and possess weapons and ammunition is affected.
- The final injunction is enforceable in 50 states.
- The final injunction may require you to leave a shared residence, restrict and limit visitation with minor children, and/or required you to pay support for minor children and/or the petitioner.
- If you violate a final injunction, you may be arrested and charged with a first degree misdemeanor for each violation with a maximum sentence of one year in jail under Florida Law.
- f you stalk the petitioner, a person with an injunction against you, you may be charged with a second degree felony.
- You may be deported or your application for citizenship may be affected.
- Your employment applications or status may be affected, especially in certain fields if you are required to use weapons for work.
- Your professional licenses may be affected.
- Your admission into military, schools, colleges, or universities may be affected.