If you are the respondent in an injunction, you are probably like most of our clients – surprised, frustrated, in a state of disbelief, or even angry. It’s hard to believe that a person can get a temporary injunction against you just by making stuff up. But it happens every day. If you are a professional or hold any kind of license, having a final injunction on your record can affect your career and your ability to maintain your license.
If you are being falsely accused of stalking, domestic violence, or exploitation, you need to fight back. If there is a pending or possible criminal case against you, it is highly advisable not to say anything in a final injunction hearing. The hearings are recorded and can be used against you in a criminal case. This is another great reason to get an attorney instead of going it alone.
Sometimes, the evidence against a respondent for stalking or violence is overwhelming and you may not feel that an attorney can help. Many times, an attorney can get the injunction dismissed – even in situations like these. Just like in criminal cases, the other side has to prove the case against you. Technical legal arguments can make all the difference between you walking out of the courtroom with a permanent, final injunction – and walking out without one.
If you are the respondent in an injunction case, you will need to know how to defend against it. You can do that by learning about the elements the petitioner must prove against you before the injunction can be granted. If the petitioner does not prove all the required elements, the injunction should not be granted.
Each of the 7 below will link to individual pages with specific content on each kind of injunction.
1. Domestic Violence
3. Dating Violence
4. Repeat Violence
5. Sexual Violence
6. Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult
7. I am not sure.
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