Stalking / Harassment / Injunctions
If so, the police can arrest you without a warrant if law enforcement officials believe you went near, threatened, or assaulted the person named on a protective order. Under Florida law, any person who repeatedly, willfully, and maliciously follows or harasses another individual is guilty of a first degree misdemeanor. If a person makes a credible threat toward another person with the intent to cause fear of death or bodily harm, the offender can be charged with a third degree felony, which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $5000.
Unfortunately, there are times when claims of harassment are inflated by the victim and do not reflect the threat of harm or the number of times that stalking actually occurred. That can lead to a restraining order being issued with very little evidence in support of the court's decision. In such cases, our defense lawyers can request a hearing to challenge the validity of the order issued against you.
At The Law Offices of Edwards & Jones, our attorneys have helped individuals defend their rights for stalking arrests and violations of protective orders for charges such as:
- Harassing or Stalking
- Stalking after an Injunction
- Sexual Harassment
- Masquerading as a Victim Online
- Online Solicitation
- Harassing or Stalking a Minor
- Internet Stalking
- Provocative Texting
- Aggravated Stalking or Harassment
- Posting Private Info about Others
Violating a restraining order means that you have been accused of disobeying a direct order issued by a judge, and this charge can have serious repercussions. However, the state must prove you acted with criminal intent, so viable defenses are usually available. Since complaints are often an easy way for one partner to exercise power or obtain leverage during a breakup or divorce, our defense attorneys are skilled at challenging the prosecutor's evidence, arguing that events were unintentional, and seeking deferred adjudication in exchange for counseling or anger management classes. Contact us at 352.377.7800 to discuss the details of your charges.
DISCLAIMER: This website does not seek to nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. The content is provided "as is" and should not be construed as legal advice on any matter of criminal defense. Seek the services of a qualified attorney immediately upon learning about a stalking charge or restraining order violation.