Protect Your Rights In A Domestic Violence Dispute
Domestic violence cases are extremely complex, often turning on the statements and testimony of the parties involved. Whether you have been accused of domestic abuse or are a victim of violence in the home, you want an experienced lawyer to protect your rights.
At Schipani & Norman, P.A., we represent men and women throughout southwest Florida who are involved in domestic violence proceedings. We focus on helping you resolve domestic violence issues in ways that protect your children and your family. Our firm represents both sides in domestic violence matters, whether you are seeking a restraining or protective order or have faced accusations of abuse.
How Do I Get An Order of Protection?
If you have been a victim of violence or you fear being a victim of violence, we can help you get a court order called an order of protection, or a restraining order. These documents order your spouse or partner not to contact you or come near you.
In situations where the threat is imminent and serious, including fear of physical harm or fear for your life, we can file a motion for an injunction the same day, and the court may hear the motion without the other party present. The court may:
- Reject the request upon a finding that there is insufficient evidence
- Reject the request but order a hearing within 14 days
- Grant the injunction and order a hearing within 14 days
We will also work to help you break the cycle of abuse and escape your abuser.
What If Someone Gets A Protective Order Against Me?
If the court issues a protective order against you, you will lose contact with your children until the order is rescinded. If you are a police officer or own any weapons, you will have those weapons taken away. The court will prohibit you from having any direct or indirect contact with the victim, including by phone, email or regular mail. If you violate any of the terms of the protective order, you may face criminal charges that can have lasting consequences.
Protect Your Rights. Reduce Your Stress. Get A Consultation.
Because these cases can be highly emotional, we will work to find solutions that minimize your stress and anxiety. For a consultation regarding domestic violence, contact us online or call us at 941-366-8333 to schedule an appointment. Evening and weekend meetings are also available upon request. Our office is conveniently located near the courthouse in downtown Sarasota.