Stalking Injunctions in Pasco County
If you were served with a temporary injunction for protection against stalking in Pasco County and ordered to appear for a full hearing at the courthouse in New Port Richey or Dade City? Call a stalking defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. We have been representing respondents in these types of hearings in Pasco County, FL, for more than 10 years.
If you believe the accusations are false or exaggerated, then we can help you fight the petitioner’s request for a stalking injunction for protection.
First, we will ask for a continuance at the return hearing so that we have adequate time to work with you to be fully prepared for the hearing on the petition. Secondly, we can take the deposition of the Petitioner and any witnesses the Petition intends to call to testify at the hearing. Third, we can represent you during any final hearing.
We fight these cases aggressively for an outright dismissal when the allegations are false or exaggerated or when insufficient evidence exists to support the accusation.
Attorney for Stalking Hearings in Pasco County, FL
If you were served with a “temporary injunction for protection against stalking” under Florida Statute Section 784.0485 in Pasco County, FL, the return hearing will be scheduled in either Dade City or New Port Richey.
Call us to schedule a consultation. We understand that the temporary stalking injunction was issued without notice to you. We can help you fight false or exaggerated accusations at the hearing. We also represent clients who have been arrested for the crime of stalking in Pasco County, FL.
Our attorneys represent clients after they are served with an injunction for protection against stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, repeat violence or sexual violence. We also represent clients charged with stalking crimes, aggravated stalking offenses, or violation of a stalking injunction at the courthouse in New Port Richey or Dade City, FL.
We also represent clients in the surrounding areas including Hernando County, Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, and Polk County, FL.
If you are being accused of stalking, aggravated stalking, or violation of an order for protection against stalking, then contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. Our criminal defense attorneys for Pasco County, FL, can begin your case today.
Call (813) 250-0500 to discuss your case.
What is the Timeline for a Stalking Injunction Case?
If the court grants an ex parte temporary injunction, the order is supposed to last for a period that is less than 15 days. During that time, the court must schedule the full return hearing. With a request from either the petitioner or the respondent, the court can grant a continuance with a showing of good cause.
The petitioner will often ask for a continuance when the respondent was not served. The respondent will often ask for a continuance in order to hire an attorney, take a deposition, or have additional time to secure evidence or the testimony of witnesses.
During the continuance, the court is permitted to extend the temporary order under Florida Statute Section §784.0485(5)(c).
What is the Worst that Can Happen if the Judge Grants the Final Injunction after a Full Hearing?
If the court grants the injunction for stalking after a full hearing, then the court can order any of the following things:
- Restraining the respondent from committing any future act of stalking;
- Other relief necessary for the protection of a victim of stalking including directives to law enforcement agencies; or
- Ordering the respondent to participate in treatment, intervention, or counseling services to be paid for by the respondent.
The respondent also has to worry about indirect consequences of an injunction. The injunction is a public record that shows up in even the most basic background check. Having an injunction will make it more difficult to find a job, continue your education or even rent an apartment.
If you are accused of violating the injunction for stalking, you can be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor for violating the injunction or a third-degree felony for aggravated stalking. If you possess a firearm or ammunition while the injunction is in effect, then you can be charged with a criminal offense under either state or federal law.
The Florida Legislature passed HB 1099, creating a cause of action for a civil injunction for protection against stalking. See Ch. 2012-153, Laws of Fla. If you were served with a petition for an injunction against stalking or cyberstalking, then find an attorney who can help you fight the charges. Call (813) 250-0500 today
Call (813) 250-0500 today.
This article was last updated on Friday, June 22, 2018.