DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TAKES MANY FORMS INCLUDING 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.
If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of those in your household, it’s important to contact law enforcement and an experienced attorney for counsel. Trolinger Law Offices is here to provide advice and guidance to keep you and your family safe.
You can also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
CIVIL PROTECTION ORDERS (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, an alleged victim, or threatened with 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, not giving 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.
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, the perpetrator can be ordered to:
- vacate your residence
- stop contact or communication with you/alleged victim
- give you/alleged victim possession of a vehicle
- give you/alleged victim custody of the children
- stay a certain distance away from you/alleged victim, residence, and place of employment.
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 termination, 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. A civil protection order can stay on your record for up to five years. 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. Even if you believe that the accusations made against you are false, it is important to hire an experienced attorney for your defense.
Civil Stalking Protection OrderS (CSPO)
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 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.
These are urgent and important matters for any family or individual facing legal issues. If you feel that any of these matters may apply to you, please reach out today to schedule your consultation so we can provide you, your family, and/or your business with the support you’ll need.
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