Domestic Violence takes many forms and occurs when a family or household member or someone with whom one is in a dating relationship does any of the following:
- attempts to cause or recklessly causes bodily injury;
- by the threat of force, puts one in fear of immediate, serious physical harm;
- commits menacing by stalking;
- commits aggravated trespass;
- commits any act with respect to a child that would result in the child being an “abused child”, which includes mental injury that harms or threatens to harm the child’s health or welfare; or
- commits a sexually oriented offense.
Most importantly, should you or a loved one be in danger, take appropriate precautions and contact law enforcement. Once you are safe, your next step should be to contact Trolinger Law Offices, LLC for guidance, advice, and assistance with obtaining an ex parte civil protection order in Ohio. Cases involving allegations of domestic violence are complex legal matters that progress quickly and can, equally as quickly, spiral out of control.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-7233, or you can chat online here if it is safe for you to do so. If you feel for your or your children’s wellbeing you should contact local authorities first and Columbus’s trusted domestic violence lawyers next.
Obtaining a Civil Protection Order (CPO)
A civil protection order, also referred to as “CPO” or “restraining order,” is an order issued by a court that limits a person’s ability to have contact with the individual requesting protection. An individual who is a victim or an alleged victim of domestic violence or threat of domestic violence can file a civil protection order against another party if the parties are spouses, share children, are in a dating relationship, and/or have resided with one another. A court typically issues an ex parte (or temporary) civil protection order on the day a person files the petition with the court and prior to the accused even having notice that a protection order is being sought. The full hearing or trial on the matter is scheduled ten (10) days after the ex parte civil protection order is issued. This does not give much time for either party to prepare for trial. If you are in a situation involving civil protection orders, it is important to have legal representation as soon as possible because legal formalities are followed just like any other trial.
If You Are a Victim of Domestic Violence
A civil protection order is a way to get immediate relief from your situation. If a court issues an ex parte or full civil protection order for your protection, the perpetrator can be ordered to
vacate your residence, have no contact or communication with you, give you possession of a vehicle, custody of your children, and stay a certain distance away from you, your residence, and your place of employment. Additionally, should the other party violate a civil protection order, then they can face criminal charges and arrest.
If You Are Accused of Domestic Violence
If a civil protection order is issued against you, it can have devastating consequences including being removed from your home, losing the ability to see your children, job loss, and the inability to own or possess a firearm. Additionally, any violation of a civil protection order can and often does result in criminal charges and arrest. If a civil protection order is issued against you, it can stay on your record for up to five years. Even if you believe that the accusations made against you are false, it is important to hire an experienced attorney to defend you because the stakes are too high for you to risk taking it on alone. Many times, these cases are decided solely based upon the judge’s or magistrate’s determination of which party is more credible than the other. If you have been served with or believe that a civil protection order has been filed against you, contact Trolinger Law Offices, LLC immediately for a consultation to learn and protect your rights.
Civil Stalking Protection Order
Civil stalking protection orders are orders issued when a person is or claims to be a victim of stalking, menacing, or harassment. Examples of situations that often lead to a civil stalking protection orders include neighbors that harass or threaten other neighbors, coworkers who harass or stalk other coworkers, and situations in which unrelated or related individuals continue to receive unwanted or persistent contact from someone that causes emotional or mental distress.
Juvenile Protection Orders
Juvenile protection orders protect adults and children from other children. If your child is the victim of bullying or other harassment from another child, your child may benefit from a juvenile protection order.
If you have a legal matter relating to your family or business, you can count on the legal team at Trolinger Law Offices, LLC to tailor a winning strategy to fit your circumstances and protect your interests. Contact us today to request a consultation.
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