Seeking help from a domestic violence lawyer
Domestic violence can happen in any home, or in any family. If you or a loved one is experiencing any form of abuse, or is being falsely accused of domestic violence, it is important to seek help immediately. Seeking protection for you and your family through legal action can help put an end to the cycle.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is physical or emotional abuse committed against a family or household member, including partners and spouses, and is not limited to physical violence. Under Florida law, types of domestic violence include:
- Assault and aggravated assault
- Battery and aggravated battery
- Sexual assault and sexual battery
- Stalking and aggravated stalking
- False imprisonment
Domestic violence affects both men and women and can have an immense impact on the life of the victim and the victim’s family, including their physical, mental, and financial health. Those affected by or accused of domestic violence should know their rights and seek help as soon as possible.
Legal protection for those accused of domestic violence
Being falsely accused of domestic violence can have a major impact on your life. It can ruin your reputation, your relationships, and even your future. Being charged with domestic violence can have serious consequences and should be dealt with immediately. A lawyer can help you decide how to best fight the allegations against you.
Legal protection for domestic violence victims
No one should have to fear for their life or safety. Legal protections are in place for victims of domestic violence to help keep them safe and hold the perpetrator accountable. Types of legal protections include restraining orders (legally referred to as injunctions in Florida) and criminal complaints.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse you should call 911 immediately, and seek legal advice once you are out of danger. A lawyer can help you consider your options and make decisions that will protect both you and your family.
What is an injunction, or restraining order?
Restraining orders are issued against individuals who are threats to the safety of another person. Victims of domestic violence, for instance, need this kind of order to protect them from the abusers and any kind of harm they plan to inflict. Restraining orders are made to protect victims from:
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Physical and sexual abuse threats
In addition to standard injunctions, judges can also grant victims exclusive use of a shared home, exclusion of the abuser from designated places, and temporary custody of minor children. A judge will not grant a restraining order if you are not in fear for your life, so you may want to consider an alternative route if this is not the case.
Both victims of domestic violence and those falsely accused of domestic violence should know what their options are under Florida law when it comes to restraining orders and keeping themselves safe.
Questions to ask your lawyer
When taking the important step to seek legal help you’ll want to ask your lawyer the following questions in order to better prepare for your case:
- What is the next legal step to take?
- How long will the entire legal process take?
- What are the common complications that may arise?
- How much money is this going to cost me?
- How long will the restraining order run?
These are just some of the questions you should ask when consulting with a domestic violence lawyer. If you have got any other questions that you think are important, feel free to ask. Your initial meeting is the best opportunity to voice all of your concerns.
The attorneys at Klein Law Group understand your plight and have the skills and experience to offer security and peace of mind through legal advice and representation in legal proceedings. We are aggressive in defending our clients, but always empathetic and understanding when it comes to our clients’ situations. To get a free consultation with one of our domestic violence attorneys, call Klein Law Group at (561) 353-2800. The skilled and compassionate members of our team can help you protect yourself and your family.