Being accused of domestic violence and having an injunction against you in Florida is an extremely serious matter. Shelley Guy Reynolds has handled many such cases as a private attorney arguing cases for the petitioner and respondent.
The consequences of having a domestic violence injunction against you can be severe and have lifelong consequences. For example; once a domestic violence injunction is ordered, you must give up all of your weapons, this means hunting rifles and shotguns too. In addition, a violation of an injunction resulting in a criminal charge can include, jail time, fines as well as hefty financial costs. Domestic Violence records appear in background checks making it harder to gain employment.
They are also visible in record searches online at the Clerk of Court sites which are accessable to the public.
In domestic violence injunction matters there are 2 or more parties involved, a petitioner and a respondent. The petitioner is the party bringing the action against the respondent. These cases can be especially difficult because many times the people involved are related, involved with each other, or married making the issues highly emotional. When there are witnesses, they too are often related creating challenges in your case. In some cases, the parties involved are in a divorce proceeding which can complicate cases since the order may involve custody, support payments or access to the marital home.
When people need or have been threatened with a domestic violence injunction, also referred to as a restraining order, they often believe that they can simply go to court and handle it themselves. They assume that they can tell their side of the story and the issue will be resolved appropriately. Unfortunately, that isn't always the way it works. Having a clear understanding of the laws, case law and standards that apply to gaining a restraining order or an injunction greatly improves your chances of a favorable outcome.
If you need an injunction to protect yourself or your children from domestic violence, you cannot afford to make a mistake. Doing this on your own puts you and or your family at risk of not getting the protection you need. Likewise, if one is being pursued against you then strong defense is needed to protect your rights.
When domestic violence charges are brought during divorce, it is important for the respondent to seek legal help as soon as possible. A conviction or an injunction could seriously affect the outcome of a divorce settlement and visitation with the your children. Likewise, if you are in a divorce proceeding and you are a victim of domestic violence, you must seek help from a professional to protect your rights and help to ensure your safety.
Shelley Guy Reynolds is an experienced attorney in Domestic Violence matters. Our office works hard to protect our clients rights. If you have a domestic violence charge or involved in an injunction matter please call the Law Offices of Shelley Guy Reynolds at (850) 434-1330.
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