• Do I need an attorney to get an Injunction for Protection?
    • Anyone can file their own Petition for an Injunction for Protection. Any self-represented person is referred to as a pro se litigant. Pro se resources can be found on the websites of most Clerks of the Court and also the Florida Courts website. That being said, an attorney can help make the process less stressful and ensure that things are done correctly the first time around.
  • Are there filing fees to file a Petition for Injunction for Protection?
    • In Florida there are no filing fees to file a Petition for Injunction for Protection.
  • How long does the process take?
    • How long it takes to get an Injunction for Protection differs from case to case depending on a few variables. However, assuming everything goes smoothly and there are not delays someone can get a Permanent Injunction for Protection as quickly as two weeks from the day they file the Petition.
  • What if I need an Injunction for Protection for a minor (someone under the age of 18)?
    • Parents and legal guardians can file Petitions for Injunction for Protection on behalf of minors. The process is the same as for adults except that the paperwork is filed by the adult on behalf of the minor.
  • How is an Injunction for Protection enforced?
    • Injunctions for Protection can be enforced through both criminal and civil remedies. If a person violates an Injunction for Protection they can be arrested by the police. In Florida, violating an Injunction for Protection is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in the county jail, a year of probation, or a combination of the two, and up to a $1,000.00 fine. A Petitioner can also enforce an Injunction for Protection through a motion for civil contempt. This can result in the judge imposing a monetary fine against the Respondent (the fine is paid to the State of Florida, not to the Petitioner).

If you are in need of an Injunction for Protection, contact us to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys, (727)954-3720.

 

 

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