Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders
Restraining Orders can either protect or serve to restrict people. At the Law Offices of Robert Deller & Associates, we fight to protect your rights whether you are the Respondent or the Petitioner. If you have been served with a Restraining Order or are seeking to obtain a Restraining Order against a spouse, ex-spouse, live-in companion or relative, contact us right away. Petitioning for or responding to Restraining Orders is a serious matter. The old adage of “Justice delayed is justice denied,” has no better application than in Restraining Order matters. At our Riverside law office, we know that Restraining Orders can be the first steps in a difficult and emotionally charged process. Call us at (951) 680-9000, so we can help.
What can trigger a restraining order?
Most restraining orders center around allegations of domestic violence such as:
- Sexual assault
- Constant attempts to make unwanted contact
Temporary orders can become long-term
When people fear for their immediate physical safety, they have the right to seek a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order or Ex-Parte Restraining Order) from a Judge or an Emergency Protective Order from a law enforcement agency. In both cases, the order usually expires after a short period. The petitioner must act to keep the Restraining Order in place by appearing at a hearing. At this hearing, they make their case for why they need to have a long term (permanent) Restraining Order. If granted, the Restraining Orders can be for up to five years, and with cause, can be extended for an additional term.
High stakes when you are on the receiving end
If your “ex” obtains a long term Restraining Order against you, the stakes can be high. You may be unable to visit your children without supervision, you may be required to pay support if the underlying case involves a Dissolution of Marriage and you will not be allowed to own a firearm. You may very well be removed from your home in the event the Restraining Orders are issued in conjunction with a Dissolution of Marriage or a living arrangement with your significant other. These are but a few of the negative aspects associated with Restraining Orders. There are many more to be considered and our attorney will discuss them in detail during your consultation.
How we help
Our attorney represents both Petitioners and Respondents, preparing them for hearings, helping them complete responsive declarations and making sure that they are well prepared. If they are not prepared, there is no protection or defense and they are at the mercy of the other party’s unfounded allegations. Even worse, an allegation of domestic violence in support of obtaining a Restraining Order can turn into a criminal matter, where the risks and penalties are even greater. It is usually in a client’s best interests to appear at a hearing accompanied by a knowledgeable, aggressive and effective lawyer.
If you are seeking a Restraining Order, have obtained a temporary order, or wish to defend against a petition for a permanent order, contact us right away. Protect your future, your rights surrounding your children, your safety, and the future of your children.
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