Removing Protective Orders
Domestic Violence Defense Attorney In Jacksonville
Fight To Remove Protective Orders
Helping You Regain Your Rights To Your Home And Loved Ones
If you’re the defendant in a domestic violence case in Florida, you already know how seriously our state prosecutes this offense. The courts and police are bound by law to take swift action in such cases, without even having witnessed any violent or threatening action on your part. It doesn’t matter that what may have started as an argument between two adults quickly morphed into something that’s become your worst nightmare. And when that nightmare becomes even worse because you’ve been served with a restraining order, known in Florida as an injunction, you may feel that you have no rights whatsoever. But nothing is further from the truth, and it’s important that you seek sound legal help immediately to protect those rights and your freedom.
At Fallgatter & Catlin, P.A., our criminal defense attorneys have extensive knowledge of the laws governing domestic violence in Florida and can act quickly to try to have a restraining order against you dissolved by the court. Just as an injunction can only be ordered by the court through a petitioner, it can only be dissolved through the court. Because we understand the way the prosecution and courts work, we can offer you an advantage that not every criminal defense lawyer can.
Representing You At Your Hearing
As domestic violence defense attorneys, we know too well that some people abuse domestic violence injunctions when there is no actual harm or threat against them. They may do this out of revenge, during a custody battle, or for other reasons. In Florida, a domestic violence injunction can be temporary or permanent, preventing you, the defendant, from having contact with the plaintiff, also known as the petitioner. It can keep you from living in your own home and restrict your ability to see your own children. And if you and the plaintiff work together, it can even keep you from earning a living.
If a temporary restraining order has been filed against you, you have the right to a hearing before a judge in which you and the petitioner present evidence. While you’re not required to have an attorney present, we strongly suggest you do so, because the judge will weigh your testimony against that of the petitioner to decide whether a permanent restraining order should be granted. The petitioner will be allowed to present his or her evidence first, but you’ll be given a chance to cross-examine. As your advocates, we prepare your testimony as well as that of other witnesses on your behalf. We can also ensure you present the evidence you’ll need to in your defense, because the judge relies upon that evidence in making his or her determination. Finally, we’ll prepare your closing argument so that it offers you the best chance of influencing the judge in your favor, so that the temporary injunction does not become permanent.
Contact Us For Experienced Help Removing Your Domestic Violence Injunction
At Fallgatter & Catlin, P.A., our domestic violence lawyers in Jacksonville, Florida, are on your side, providing decades of criminal law experience. Involving a lawyer early in your case is vitally important and can often allow your charges to be dismissed or lessened. Take immediate action and call our office at 904-353-5800 or contact us online to arrange a consultation that is free, with no obligation.