Domestic Violence, Stalking and Restraining Orders in Boca Raton
Skilled Family Law Attorney Represents Petitioners And Respondents
At The Law Offices of Robert L. Bogen, our clients often request assistance in dealing with incidents and allegations of domestic violence. We provide sound advice on decisive steps a victim can take to obtain legal protections, and assist with petitions and court appearances. We also represent parties who have been accused, often as part of a child custody battle, and are potential targets of restraining orders. We help these clients refute unfounded allegations or minimize the harm that regrettable actions, taken during moments of weakness, have done to them and their families. For more than 35 years, our family law practice has treated domestic violence issues prudently, counseling safety measures above all other considerations, while treating our clients with the utmost sensitivity and discretion.
Understanding Florida Domestic Violence Laws And Available Remedies
Any person who is either the victim of domestic violence or who has reasonable cause to believe that he or she is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of domestic violence may seek an immediate temporary restraining order, or injunction, without notice. Violence of this type usually occurs between spouses, cohabitants, boyfriend-girlfriend, parents or siblings, and involves allegations of:
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Aggravated stalking
- False imprisonment
In many cases, the temporary injunction includes a “no contact” order and an order requiring the immediate removal, until further court order, of the alleged offender from the common home shared with the victim. The court usually conducts a full hearing, with notice to the alleged offender and an opportunity to be heard and present evidence, within two weeks to determine if a final injunction should issue. A target of a restraining order who violates the Injunction is subject to criminal sanctions. Many times, the incident giving rise to the issuance of the domestic violence injunction results in the arrest of the alleged offender for criminal charges.
Domestic Violence In Florida Requires Legal Action
A domestic violence situation can wreak havoc on a family. In many of these cases, the victim is fearful of reporting the incident to law enforcement, or of seeking an injunction, because of intimidation, reliance on the offender for support, the belief that the offender didn’t mean it, or the belief that the injury was slight or couldn’t be proven. But we firmly believe that safety considerations should override these fears, because without intervention, domestic violence often escalates.
On the other hand, false accusations during divorce proceedings can badly damage a person’s reputation and compel the court to enact severe restrictions on child custody and timesharing. An order can force an accused person to vacate premises, despite the terms of your marital settlement and property agreement, legal separation agreement or cohabitation agreement. It is imperative that alleged abusers have their day in court, with vigorous representation challenging the witnesses against them.
Get Determined Legal Representation In Florida For Your Domestic Violence Dispute
Where domestic violence is concerned, time is of the essence. If you have been the victim of domestic violence or face accusations, call The Law Offices of Robert L. Bogen immediately at (561) 299-5654 or contact our Boca Raton office online. We have the experience; we can help.
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