Toggle Menu Contact Pacheco Perez P.A. Attorneys at Law
Call For A Free Consultation:
305-742-0063

New Florida bills expand protections to domestic violence victims

Although lauding the statistics showing that Florida has an overall crime rate presently that is the lowest in many decades, Gov. Rick Scott recently voiced the need for additional protections to benefit would-be and actual victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

In conjunction with his statement that "we must continue to provide our law enforcement officers with the tools they need to keep our communities safe," Scott signed several new bills into law in a ceremony earlier this month.

One of those pieces of legislation is House Bill 1099, which focuses on stalking. Current Florida law is now expanded to include cyberstalking as a crime for which strong criminal penalties can attach, with lawmakers noting that stalking is an activity that can lead to personal contacts and instances of domestic violence. A restraining order can ban a defendant from victim contact for up to 10 years, with violation of an injunction subjecting a person to a potential year in jail.

House Bill 1193 provides for additional victim protection through the creation of a public records exemption for a victim's personal contact information where an injunction against domestic abuse is concerned.

More stringent protection against children being abused is also the focal point of House 1355, "Protection of Vulnerable Persons." Newly crafted legislation now provides for an imposition of heavier penalties upon persons who know that child abuse is occurring yet do not inform authorities about it.

Schools and universities are especially singled out in the bill, with the law providing that a $1 million fine can be imposed for failure to report child abuse.

Source: Sunshine State News, "Rick Scott signs cyberstalking, sex predator bills," Jim Turner, June 11, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Our Miami Divorce Lawyers — Let Us Evaluate Your Legal Matter

To make an appointment for a consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys, call 305-742-0063 or fill out our simple intake form today.

From our law offices in Miami, Florida, we represent clients in North Miami, Miami-Dade County and throughout the South Beach area.

Email Email Us For A Response

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Pacheco Perez P.A.
2121 S. Douglas Road
Miami, FL 33145

Toll Free: 888-544-1366
Phone: 305-742-0063
Map & Directions