Restraining orders are usually put into place by a judge following an accusation of either domestic violence, stalking, or harassment. This accusation must have reasonable grounds and usually the court has to believe that the victim's life may be threatened or in danger. The point of a restraining order is to keep the alleged victim safe while criminal proceedings are underway. A
Florida restraining order prohibits the accused from being within a certain distance of the victim, from contacting via message, phone, email, mail, direct contact, or third party contact. Even if the victim initiates contact, it will be considered a restraining order violation. If there is a restraining order against you and the person for whom it is meant to protect contacts you, it is advised that you immediately cut off contact (e.g. hang up the phone if it is via telephone) and contact your defense attorney.
If a restraining order has been issued against you, you need the legal assistance of a qualified Tampa criminal defense attorney. The restraining order may be keeping you from going home, interacting with your family, and may be inhibiting your work life. Furthermore, a violation could land you in jail or with thousands of dollars in fines.