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Domestic Violence Injunctions

Defending Against & Modifying Domestic Violence Injunctions

Have you been accused of domestic violence by your spouse, significant other, or family member? Worse yet, have you already been targeted by a domestic violence injunction that limits your freedoms as long as it stands? You need to stand up for yourself, your future, and your reputation. You can turn to Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A. for all the legal counsel you need in such a difficult time.

With more than 70 years of combined legal experience, we are the Fort Myers domestic violence injunction attorneys you know you can trust with your case. We are aware that domestic violence accusations are often filed based on fabrications or exaggerations, and related injunctions are therefore unreasonable. Tell our team your side of the story and we can tell you how we can help.

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What Does a Domestic Violence Injunction Do?

It is entirely possible that you were told that you have been targeted by a domestic violence injunction without ever knowing that your significant other had ever accused you of domestic violence. This can occur due to ex parte orders approved by the court on-the-spot. If there is believed to be an immediate danger of further domestic violence, the court can create a domestic violence injunction without ever even seeing the person being accused.

A domestic violence injunction of any sort can do the following and more:

  • Prohibit you from directly contacting the petitioner.
  • Entering certain areas where the petitioner is known to work or reside.
  • Limit your rights to bear arms.
  • Place an arrest warrant on your name to bring you in for questioning.

Furthermore, if you violate a domestic violence injunction in Florida, it can be considered a high-level misdemeanor. Penalties for a misdemeanor conviction can include thousands of dollars in fines and fees paid to the state, as well as jail time. The violation can escalate to a felony for repeat offenses, too.

How Long Do Domestic Violence Injunctions Last?

Ex parte and temporary domestic violence injunctions – sometimes referred to as restraining orders – only last until a domestic violence hearing can be held. At the hearing, the injunction either becomes permanent or dismissed. In most cases, the hearing is scheduled only a matter of days after the injunction is first created by the court. As inconvenient as it may be to rearrange your personal schedule to attend the hearing, you must do it. Failing to show up will default the case in your accuser’s favor.

The hearing is likely your first chance to prove your innocence or the unnecessary nature of the domestic violence injunction. Do not go into the hearing unprepared. Instead, let our Fort Myers attorneys represent you. We can quickly build a case on your behalf to bring to the hearing in an attempt to undo the injunction before it ever has a chance to become permanent.

Modifying a Preexisting Domestic Violence Injunction

If you are already limited by a domestic violence injunction, you still have an opportunity to challenge it through modification. Work with our legal team to create a petition to send to the court that first approved the injunction. In this petition, we will want to compile as much evidence as we can to show that the injunction is either unnecessary or unreasonably restricting and requiring modification.

Evidence we may be able to use to your advantage includes:

  • Your own otherwise clean criminal record
  • Your accuser’s medical record that shows no signs of abuse
  • Testimonials from trusted sources, like neighbors or family members

Restore Your Reputation & Freedom Today – Call (239) 970-6844

You should not have to live unfairly limited by a domestic violence injunction that never should have been created or approved in the first place. Get serious representation from our Fort Myers domestic violence defense lawyers to set things right again. We are dedicated to your defense!

Do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as you need our help.

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • Gregory Ream, Esq.
    Gregory Ream, Esq. Associate Attorney
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

  • Gregory Ream, Esq. Associate Attorney
    Gregory Ream, Esq.

    After completing his Juris Doctorate from Ave Maria School of Law in 2014, Attorney Ream quickly went to work as an assistant public defender in the 20th Judicial Circuit. He was tasked with defending the indigent and others who could not otherwise afford private criminal defense representation. Before beginning his legal career, he was employed by several community banks in southwest Florida, where he specialized in construction loans, participations, and investor relations. The experience earned in that role translates well to construction litigation, banking disputes, and foreclosure matters he handles for clients today. He is also capable of managing general civil disputes, landlord-tenant matters, and criminal defense cases. Read More

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  • Over 70 years' combined experience
  • One-on-one attention
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