Many restraining orders issued in Florida can apply to communication via social media, so those who are specifically concerned about online harassment should request this protection in their petitions.
Restraining orders – also known as protective injunctions – are commonly used to help protect victims of domestic violence or those at risk of being stalked. However, with the increasing use and prevalence of social media, many people wonder if these protective injunctions can be extended to include protection from online harassment and stalking on social media platforms.
If an injunction is requested in Florida, it will typically include conditions that prohibit a person from contacting or harassing another person via any form of communication – including text messages, emails, phone calls, and even social media posts and direct messages. The terms of the restraining order can vary depending on the specifics of each situation but may require a person to stay away from the other person and refrain from any contact that includes social media.
Each Restraining Order Is Unique to Its Circumstances
It’s important to note that judges can exercise a lot of discretion when it comes to determining the terms of a restraining order. Depending on the situation, a restraining order can be either temporary or permanent. If you have an existing restraining order and there is evidence of online harassment or stalking, you may need to petition the court for additional protection by adding specific language about online activity to your existing protective injunction.
Additionally, it’s important to remember that even if an injunction specifically prohibits sending messages or posts on social media, it doesn’t necessarily prevent someone else from posting content about you. Therefore, if a third party posts something maliciously false about you on their own page, this would still not be a violation of a restraining order.
It’s worth noting that the laws regarding restraining orders in Florida are constantly changing and it’s important to consult with an attorney if you feel like you need additional protection from online activity or harassment. An experienced lawyer can help review your case and decide on the best course of action for protecting yourself against online abuse.
Contact an Experienced Attorney for Help
While protective injunctions in Florida can apply to social media posts and other forms of online communication, but not necessarily so. Depending on your particular situation, you may need to petition the court for additional protection by adding specific language about online activity to your existing protective injunction. It’s essential to consult with an experienced legal professional when seeking this type of protection as they will be able to review your case and advise on the best course of action for protecting yourself against online abuse.
If you would like more information or need legal advice regarding restraining orders in Florida, don't hesitate to reach out to Tinny, Meyer & Piccarreto, P.A. for help.