How Can a Restraining Order Help You?
Domestic violence can happen in many different forms between two individuals who are in an intimate relationship. In a physical sense, the violence perpetrated from one person to another can include shoving, punching, and kicking, to name a few. Domestic violence, however, can also include threats to cause harm, coercion, or any other action that incites fear. If you believe you have been the victim of domestic violence, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible and obtain the support of a skilled attorney who can help you.
The skilled and knowledgeable attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP have many years of dedicated experience representing clients in matters involving restraining orders. Proudly representing clients throughout Southern California, the law firm can represent your case. Consider contacting Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.
What is a Restraining Order?
Restraining orders, also known as protective orders are court orders that are designed to help protect to-be victims or actual victims of abuse. Protected victims cannot be contacted by the individual perpetrating the violence, also known as the restrained party.
The type of behaviors that are prohibited by the order are outlined in the order itself. Generally, the order will have provisions that are designed to prevent the restrained party from contacting the protected person. Provisions may include:
- Making the restrained person remain a distance away from the victim at all times.
- Disallowing the restrained person from legally sending messages or making calls to the protected person, and
- Preventing the restrained person from contacting the protected party through social media or email.
Who Can File a Domestic Violence Restraining Order?
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders can be sought by those who are abused or threatened to be abused when any of the following relationships exist:
- Individuals in intimate relationships, such as couples (whether or not married, divorced, or separated).
- Related through the second degree of affinities, such as stepparents, stepchildren, in-laws, or grandchildren.
How Can the Order Help You?
Through a court-ordered domestic violence restraining order, the restrained individual will be ordered to:
- Refrain from contacting you, going near you and/or your loved ones, including children,
- Not own or have in their possession a weapon, gun, or ammunition;
- Move out of the shared property;
- Abide by other orders, such as child custody, spousal support, and child support; and
- Obey other court orders regarding the property.
Discuss Your Case with an Established Restraining Order Attorney
Coming to terms that you may need a protective order is not easy. These situations usually escalate over time and the perpetrator may be someone you once considered a loved one. When your life and well-being are at risk, however, it is important to take proactive steps to stop the wrongdoer. Obtain the support of a well-established attorney who can answer all of your questions and help you obtain the support and guidance you need during this difficult time.
At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP, representing clients who need a protective order is a top priority. The law firm understands that these cases are sensitive matters and are generally difficult for the victims. By hiring a compassionate law firm, you will ensure your rights and interests are protected so that you can safely begin moving forward with your life. Consider hiring Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP. Complete the confidential contact form here to receive a free consultation today.
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