DV Restraining Orders

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Whether you are charged with domestic violence as a crime or are served with a Temporary Restraining Order, my office will defend you in court.  You have the right to an evidentiary hearing in court and to call witnesses, including the cross examination of the victim.  I also assist victims in filing the paperwork for a Restraining Order.

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders involve current and former spouses, boyfriend/girlfriends, domestic partners, or any other dating or family relationship.  To obtain a restraining order, the conduct does not have to include force or violence.  Harassing behavior is enough to warrant a restraining order.

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders have serious consequences, especially if there are children and visitation issues.  The person restrained will not be able to possess, own, or purchase a firearm or ammunition while the restraining order is in effect and under federal law, may be barred from owning a firearm in the future.  Any firearms owned by the restrained person must be turned over to law enforcement or sold to an authorized gun dealer.

In addition, the restrained person cannot contact the victim in any way which includes e-mail, Facebook, tweeting, other social media sites, phone calls, visits.  The restrained person should arrange with law enforcement or family members to obtain any personal property that remains in the victim’s household.  There is usually a 100 foot wall around the victim’s house, work, and car where the restrained person cannot penetrate.

If you are charged with the crime of domestic violence or served with a Temporary Restraining Order, hire an experienced attorney to represent you.  Victims of domestic violence can also get free legal assistance in most court houses.