First, determine whether the Court did or did not enter a temporary injunction. An injunction is an order from the Court telling the Respondent in the case to not do certain things and stay away from certain places. A person who violates an injunction can be held in contempt of court AND can be charged with a separate criminal offense. Violating an injunction leads to jail quite often.
Second, the case must be prepared in full and be ready to be presented to the Court on the day of the hearing. The hearing date is the TRIAL. The hearing is the final hearing, the only hearing that may ever be had, it is the one and only shot to defend the case and avoid a permanent injunction. If the plan, after being served an injunction, is or was to go to court on the day and find out what the options are, then the Court will likely advise that the options are to accept an injunction or have a final hearing. The Court cannot give legal advice. The Judge is there to make a final decision and not to advise.
It is very difficult to have subpoenas served and evidence gathered in time for the hearing which can be in as little as a week or two. That is why it is important to get started right away. Injunctions are civil cases; a person cannot go to jail in a civil case (unless they violate the injunction). Because injunctions are civil cases (unless violated), a person does not have a right to have a lawyer appointed. If assistance is wanted a lawyer must be hired. You always have the right to hire a lawyer. Upon receiving injunction paperwork, a defendant must act quickly. Please click or call to hire an injunction lawyer.
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