If you've been served with a temporary Domestic Violence Restraining Order, you might not know where to start. The order itself can be packed with crucial information you need to heed. You also will have to appear in court if you want to disagree with or dispute the order in any way. With one piece of paper, you've taken on a lot of responsibility. It can be intimidating; these orders can be in effect for up to five years. If you are in this situation and aren't sure what to do or how to react, consult with an experienced attorney to make sure you react to this in the correct way. If there are any children involved, it is extremely important to consult with an attorney who can best represent your and your children's interests. The courts don't take risks on the safety of children so even if you did not harm your children in any way, you may still be restrained from spending time with them alone or at all. A Domestic Violence Restraining Order is an important document and it can put restrictions on many aspects of your life. If you have been served with a restraining order, carefully consider your options before you appear in court. You do have the opportunity to submit a Response, where you can tell your side of the story. Your story may be able to alleviate some of the limitations the Domestic Violence Restraining Order, if granted in court, has on you. Having an attorney help you craft this response can help the Judge look on you in the best possible light given the circumstance. Furthermore, if you are also involved in a related criminal case, your response can either help or hurt your case, depending on what you say or how you say it. Also, be sure to be aware of the limitations and scope of the order. Violating any parts of the order can result in criminal charges.
If you or a loved one has been served with Domestic Violence Restraining Order papers and are facing an upcoming court date, don't hesitate to consult with an experienced attorney for help in this process. These orders can change your life for years to come; make sure you make all the right moves. Working with clients in Tulare, Kinds and Fresno counties, our legal team can help you fight in court. Contact the Law Offices of Christopher Martens at 559-967-7386 or email us at [email protected] for a free consultation today.