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Does “Dating Violence” Require Actual Dating?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Florida’s domestic violence laws cover more than married partners or individuals who are living in the same household. A judge may also issue a domestic violence injunction where there is evidence of “dating violence,” or “violence between individuals have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.” In… Read More »


Is Workplace Sexual Harassment the Same Thing as “Stalking”?

By Julia Kefalinos |

If someone feels threatened by you, they may ask a judge to issue an injunction “for protection against stalking.” In this context, “stalking” means that a person “willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks” another person. If the court determines that stalking has occurred within these parameters, the judge can issue a temporary… Read More »


How Specific Details Can Affect Federal Criminal Sentencing

By Julia Kefalinos |

Details matter when it comes to criminal offenses. Something that might seem insignificant to the casual observer can actually have a significant impact on a person’s criminal liability or the sentence they receive from a judge. And even where the law might seem ambiguous on a given detail, judges often give prosecutors the benefit… Read More »


What “Changes in Circumstances” Justify Ending a Domestic Violence Injunction?

By Julia Kefalinos |

When a Florida court issues a “permanent” domestic violence injunction, that does not mean the order can never be changed or revoked. To the contrary, Florida law expressly allows either party to the injunction–i.e., the subject or the person who asked for it in the first place–to ask the court to modify or dissolve… Read More »


What Qualifies as “Cyberstalking” in Florida for Purposes of a Domestic Violence Injunction?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Cyberstalking has become a major concern in recent years. Thanks to ubiquitous social media technology, it is far too easy for someone with hostile intentions to track a person’s movements and use electronic means to harass or frighten them. At the same time, it is critical to understand that not every use of technology… Read More »


When Does “Double Jeopardy” Bar Multiple Convictions for the Same Actions?

By Julia Kefalinos |

In criminal law, there is a constitutional rule against “double jeopardy.” As expressed in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, this rule states no person may be “subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” Of course, there are some important caveats to this rule. First,… Read More »


The Consequences of a Felony Welfare Fraud Conviction

By Julia Kefalinos |

The phrase “convicted felon” probably conjures up an image of someone charged with murder, rape, or drug trafficking. But there are many non-violent crimes that also qualify as felonies under Florida state law. For example, many types of fraud are prosecuted as felonies. This includes individuals charged with fraudulently obtaining government benefits. Florida Appeals… Read More »


What Are My Debt Relief Options Following the Government Shutdown?

By Julia Kefalinos |

The recent partial federal government shutdown was the longest in U.S. history, and affected hundreds of thousands of workers. This includes not just direct employees of the federal government, but also individuals who work for government contractors, many of whom still have yet to receive back pay. For Florida workers living paycheck-to-paycheck, this means… Read More »


Is It Domestic Violence If My Brother Steals My Cat?

By Julia Kefalinos |

A domestic violence injunction is a specific kind of legal tool. It is designed by the Florida legislature to protect individuals who have already been the victims of violence, or who have “reasonable cause” to believe they are in “imminent danger” of such violence. It is not, however, something to be deployed against a… Read More »


Domestic Violence Accusations and Child Custody Battles

By Julia Kefalinos |

It is not uncommon for one parent, locked in the heat of a child custody battle, to accuse the other parent of domestic violence. That is why there are laws and procedures in place to adjudicate such allegations. Unfortunately, there are cases where the accusing parent may not accept the court’s decision and attempts… Read More »

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