Protective orders, which may also be referred to as restraining orders, can help protect victims of domestic violence by prohibiting an abuser from making contact with them. When it comes to protective orders in domestic violence cases, there are a few different options that can be pursued, and knowing how to petition the courts for these orders can be critical to the health, safety and wellbeing of you and your children if you have been the victims of domestic violence.
At the Right Lawyers, we understand how crucial it can be to get protective orders in place as soon as possible when domestic violence may be an issue for a family. That’s why we are here to help victims obtain the legal protections they need and deserve so they can concentrate on protecting their family and getting their lives back on track.
Emergency protection orders – These are usually available within 12 hours of a domestic violence arrest and can be obtained via phone to provide immediate protection for victims. Emergency protection orders can stay in effect for up to 7 days.
- Temporary orders of protection – When an emergency protection order runs out, temporary orders of protection can be obtained and can stay in effect for up to 30 days. Typically, victims will have to testify in court to explain why they need this type of protection order.
- Extended order for protection – Lasting for as long as one year, these types of protection orders can be obtained after attending a hearing and providing evidence regarding the threat a domestic violence victim is facing.
Because the process of obtaining protection orders against domestic violence perpetrators can be as complicated as it may be distressing (particularly if victims have to come face-to-face with their abusers), having the Right Lawyers handle this for you will be essential to getting these orders in place and to minimizing your potential stresses in the process
When protective orders are granted by the court, they can offer a range of protections to the victims of domestic violence. Some of these may include (depending on the specifics of the order):
- Prohibiting the abuser from contacting the victim at all (e.g., in person, by phone, by email) regardless of whether the victim is at home, work, school, etc.
- Requiring the abuser to move out of a shared residence while still being required to pay the rent or mortgage on the residence
- Granting temporary or permanent custody of children to the victim
- Requiring that visitation between the abuser and children be supervised
- Mandating that the abuser relinquishes his firearms to the proper authorities and that (s)he does not try to obtain any firearms while the protective order remains in effect.
Whether you or your child has been the victim of domestic violence, you can rely on the experienced Las Vegas and Henderson domestic violence and divorce lawyers at Right Lawyers to be here for you. We can help you get the protective orders you need as soon as possible, and we will continue to provide you with superior representation throughout the course of your case until it is resolved as favorably as possible.
Let’s discuss your case and needs during an initial consultation. To set up a meeting with our trusted Las Vegas and Henderson divorce lawyers, call (702) 914-0400 or email us using the contact form at the top of this page.
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