A JSO officer has been arrested and is being held in Clay County Jail for two charges of Violation of Injunction. Michael E. Williams has been employed as a Jacksonville police officer for 16 years, but he resides in Clay County. Since working at JSO, Williams has received many complaints, both external and internal, while at JSO. He was even suspended for a total of 20 days for improper conduct, but continues to remain employed.
An injunction in Jacksonville is a court order meant to keep someone away from someone else. Injunctions can be temporary or permanent and can prohibit all contact or just violent contact. If an injunction is granted for “no contact”, the “respondent” cannot have any contact with the “petitioner”. In Jacksonville, “no contact” means that the respondent cannot go within 500 feet of the petitioner’s residence or place of employment and cannot go within 100 feet of the petitioner’s car, whether or not it is occupied. The injunction will also usually prohibit the respondent from possessing a gun.
Any person who willfully violates an injunction can be arrested for Violation of Injunction, which is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail.