Legal Information: Florida

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 21, 2018

What happens if the respondent violates the order?

The respondent could face criminal penalties for violating a risk protection order. The respondent is committing a felony of the third degree if the respondent:

  • has firearms or ammunition in his/her custody or control; or
  • purchases, possess or receives a firearm or ammunition,
  • while having knowledge that a risk protection order has been issued against him/her.1

If the respondent is convicted of a felony of the third degree, s/he could face a prison sentence of up to 5 years and a fine up to $5,000.2

1 Fla Stat. § 790.401(11)(b)
2 Fla Stat. §§ 775.082(3)(e); 775.083(1)(c)