Protecting Clients from Domestic Violence and Abuse

The attorneys of Farr Kaufman are experienced in handling a wide variety of issues relating to domestic violence, abuse and neglect.  Outside of the criminal law, protective orders and restraining orders are frequently used to combat such injustice.  The firm’s attorneys are trained in giving exceptional legal advice and strong legal advocacy when a client is faced with issues of domestic violence, abuse and neglect, regardless of whether the client is the alleged victim or the alleged perpetrator.

Restraining Orders

A restraining order is a court order that prevents certain actions on the part of an individual or group. Usually they are ordered to avoid contact with a specific person or persons, or to stay away from a specific property. Restraining orders are often used in cases of domestic violence to prevent further injury. In some states the restraining order is registered with the police in order that they can respond immediately. This order can also be used by an abused child, or the victim of a stalker. Most restraining orders are temporary, though it can be made into a permanent injunction. If the restraining order is violated, it could result in criminal prosecution. A restraining order usually expires on its own and must be renewed.

Protective Orders

A protective order is an order issued by the court in order to protect someone from harassment or from injury. Most orders are issued by the court at the request of one of the parties. The other party may then appear before the judge to make their case at a later time. Many protective orders are emergency orders issued by the police when courts are out of session. This type of protective order lasts only a short time; the weekend, or the holiday, until the courts are in session. Once the court reviews the case, a new restraining order may be issued with a longer duration. A protective order may even be made permanent if conditions warrant.

Contact Farr Kaufman to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced family law attorney.