Domestic Violence (DVI)
Last year there were 4,708 petitions for injunction filed for: Domestic violence, Dating violence, Stalking and Sexual violence .
*(October 2012 through September 2013 for Pinellas County, Florida)
FILING FOR INJUNCTION
A person’s safety is paramount. Therefore it is imperative victims are properly advised how to proceed with filing and obtaining a protective injunction.
While the DVI (Domestic Violence Injunction) Court can be “user friendly,” the Florida Evidence Code still applies. As a result it can be difficult, if not impossible, for a victim to effectively represent him or herself in a DVI matter.
A victim’s hurdles to successfully obtain a Domestic Violence Injunction are heightened by the emotions fueling the situations. Often times victims focus on the facts most important to that person, which are not always the most important to the Court.
If you have been the victim of violence or are in fear of becoming the victim of violence, call for a no obligation consultation and we may be able to better can help your legal battle to insure your safety.
IF YOU ARE IN FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY!
DEFENDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INJUNCTIONS
There are numerous Petitions for injunctions filed in our area but not all claims are supported by the facts. It is not uncommon for a litigant to have ulterior motives in filing for an injunction. In such cases, it is wise to obtain an attorney to defend against these claims. If an injunction is granted against someone, he or she will bare that burden for years to come. They could find themselves trying to explain the situation to employers, schools, landlords, etc.
If a Petition for injunction has been filed against you and you feel it is inappropriate, contact an attorney experienced in the area.
Whether you hire an attorney or not, attend your hearing and explain your side of the story to the Judge.