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    by: Amanda Powers

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    1 : Stalking, Harassment, and Abuse What Your Legal Options Are in Florida
    2 : DEFINITIONS
    3 : Florida Statute 741.28 defines domestic violence as:
    4 : “any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member” Florida Statute 741.28 defines domestic violence as:
    5 : Florida Statute 784.048 defines harassment and stalking as:
    6 : “Harass means to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person which causes substantial emotional distress to that person and serves no legitimate purpose.” Florida Statute 784.048 defines harassment and stalking as:
    7 : “A person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person commits the offense of stalking.” “Harass means to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person which causes substantial emotional distress to that person and serves no legitimate purpose.” Florida Statute 784.048 defines harassment and stalking as:
    8 : Crimes and Punishment
    9 : There are numerous charges that can apply to a domestic violence situation
    10 : Misdemeanor domestic battery, for example, carries up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine a
    11 : More serious charges, such as aggravated assault and battery or domestic violence with bodily harm are felonies that carry mandatory jail terms b
    12 : A conviction for domestic violence can also affect employment, the right to carry a firearm, and visitation/custody of minor children c
    13 : Stalking can also be a misdemeanor or a felony and can result in up to five years in prison if convicted d
    14 : Restraining Orders vs. NO CONTACT ORDERS
    15 : No Contact Order stems from a criminal prosecution and is usually a condition of pre-trial release in a domestic violence or stalking case
    16 : No contact order prohibits contact between defendant and alleged victim
    17 : Injunction for Protection is the correct term for a civil “restraining” order in Florida
    18 : Alleged victim must petition court for an injunction
    19 : Court can issue an “ex parte” order, meaning Respondent does not have the chance to respond to allegations
    20 : Injunction for protection also prohibits contact between petitioner and respondent
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