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What You Need to Know About an Injunction

You’ve probably heard of the term “injunction,” and you might even know that it refers to a kind of legal order. But what exactly falls under the umbrella of an injunction? Who does it protect?

Below, we’ve answered some of the frequently asked questions about this type of protective order, including how to file for an injunction with the aid of an expert legal professional.

What Are the Different Types of Injunctions and Who Do They Protect?

Defined simply, an injunction is a legal order that requires a person to do or stop doing a specific action. 

In Florida, there are five separate types of injunctions. They include:

  • Stalking
  • Repeat violence
  • Dating violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Domestic violence

Injunctions are designed to protect the victims of crimes like these in Florida. The process for each injunction type is the same, no matter which type of injunction is filed. 

How Do You File an Injunction?

The process for filing an injunction begins at your local courthouse. Once you have submitted the necessary paperwork via the clerk of the circuit court, things will often move quickly. 

The legal system understands that victims of violence need quick results. You can expect the clerk to take your petition to a judge immediately. Depending on your case, the judge may even order a temporary injunction to protect you from your abuser until a formal hearing can be held. 

At the hearing, all of the evidence of your case will be presented. You may have to submit testimony in front of the court. If the judge orders an injunction at the end of the hearing, it will remain in effect until the court removes the injunction.

Do You Need a Lawyer to File an Injunction?

You do not necessarily need a lawyer to file an injunction. With that being said, it’s always a good idea to obtain counsel as you prepare for your trial. Shrader Law can provide guidance and compile evidence to make your petition for an injunction successful. Call us at 813-360-1529 to get started. 

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