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Domestic Violence: Restraining Orders

Domestic abuse takes many forms, it isn’t just punching and threats of violence.  Recent California court cases have made it clear that domestic abuse includes harassment, intimidation, threats to publish private information online, “revenge porn” and many other types of conduct meant to annoy or embarrass you. If you are a victim of any type of physical domestic violence, it is important to get help as soon as possible. 

More and more, both women and men are speaking up about their experiences with domestic violence. And it’s not limited to people who are married.  Couples in a dating relationship or formerly in one also qualify for the protections of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA).  So do family members, roommates, and parties who have a child together.  There are different protections for coworkers and business people who have been harassed or threatened, so talk to a restraining order attorney to make sure how best to handle your case.

The Law Offices of Stephen L. Cawelti specializes in all aspects of restraining order matters as part of our overall family law practice.  The stress of a family law case can take its toll, even on people who are normally rational, law abiding citizens.  Just because your family member or partner has never hit you before doesn’t mean you don’t deserve protection.  Restraining orders are meant to last as long as needed to get to the bottom of the cause of the abuse.  Sometimes that’s just six months; sometimes it’s a lifetime.  Regardless of whether you’re seeking protection or just looking for a fair result if you’ve been accused of abuse, it’s critical that you have good representation in court.

As with anything, going it alone in court can have devastating consequences, and when restraining orders are involved, it can be even worse.  A finding by a judge that there has abuse can mean your rights are severally restricted, including your freedom of speech and ability to keep firearms.  On the other hand, if you seek restraining orders and are denied by the court system, it can be much harder to get them the next time there’s an incident.  Don’t take chances when there’s abuse. Talk to a Los Angeles domestic violence lawyer about your case to see your options.

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