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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of October 6, 2023

What protections can I get in an injunction for protection against stalking?

In a temporary ex parte injunction, the judge can:

  • order the respondent to not commit any act of stalking against you;
  • include any terms in the order that the judge thinks are necessary for your protection;
  • include any orders directed at law enforcement.1

In a final injunction, the judge can:

  • order all of the protections listed above; and
  • prohibit the respondent from coming within 500 feet of your home, school, or workplace;
  • prohibit the respondent from coming within 500 feet of any specific place that you, your family members, or people closely tied to you regularly go to;
  • prohibit the respondent from intentionally coming within 100 feet of your motor vehicle, whether or not that vehicle is occupied;
  • prohibit the respondent from contacting you by telephone, mail, by e-mail, in writing, through another person, or in any other manner;
  • order the respondent to not have any firearms or ammunition in his/her care, custody, possession, or control;
  • order the respondent to participate in treatment, intervention, or counseling services to be paid for by the respondent.2

Note: The judge may also refer you (the petitioner) to appropriate services by giving you a list of certified stalking centers, certified rape crisis centers, and other appropriate referrals in your area which you may contact.3

1 Fla. Stat. § 784.0485(3)(e),(5)(a)
2 Fla. Stat. § 784.0485(6)(a); see Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Stalking
3 Fla. Stat. § 784.0485(6)(a)(3)