Have You Been Served with a Restraining Order?
In addition to being arrested or charged with domestic violence in Criminal Court, a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) may be issued in Civil Court for various reasons including: Assault, Battery, Criminal mischief, Repeat Violence, Violence within a Dating Relationship, Harassment, Stalking, and Sexual assault. A judge will issue a Temporary Restraining Order upon receiving a properly filed Petition from the accuser, without any input from the Respondent. Once the TRO is granted, the Sheriff serves the TRO upon the Respondent, and the Respondent must vacate the premises and/or avoid any contact as ordered until further Orders are issued at the Hearing. The Return Hearing is typically scheduled within a few weeks, at which time, both parties must appear in court to plead their case as to whether the Petition should become permanent or dismissed.
Do not make the mistake to try to plead your case by yourself, especially if you have criminal charges pending. Your best choice is to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you in court. Restraining Orders can affect the outcome of a criminal case, a divorce case, alter custody and visitation arrangements, and even interfere with your employment. If the Respondent violates the terms of the Restraining Order, additional criminal charges may be filed against you in addition to further complicating the original underlying criminal offense.
Joseph R. Fasone is a criminal defense attorney with over 20 years experience in navigating the criminal court system. Mr. Fasone represents individuals served with a Temporary Restraining Order throughout South Florida including the areas of Coral Springs, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale, Hollywood, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Plantation, and Sunrise.
The Law Office of Joseph R. Fasone prides itself on the strength and aggressiveness of their defense, and fighting for the rights of their clients. If you have been served with a restraining order, call the Fort Lauderdale office today for a free initial consultation about your options.