For a person who is actively harassed or abused by another, a restraining order can offer immediate protection from further harm. This is a type of court order that prohibits a certain person from contacting, harassing, or performing other specific actions regarding another person or persons. In an instance of alleged domestic violence, for example, Mary could obtain a restraining order against Bob, which would prohibit Bob from contacting Mary or even coming within a certain distance of her, her home, or her place of work. If Bob violated the court order, he would face arrest and possibly criminal charges.
Restraining orders have serious consequences, and it is important to understand how to obtain one and how to challenge one. At Sullivan Law & Associates, our lawyers help clients throughout Southern California in restraining order proceedings. We are highly experienced attorneys, widely recognized as one of the leading family law firms in Orange County and are committed to providing personalized service so we can truly protect our clients’ best interests.
The first step of filing for a restraining order in California is to fill out all the necessary paperwork. There are some forms that everyone will need to fill out, while others will only apply to persons in particular circumstances. It is important to understand which forms are required for your specific situation.
Depending on your situation, you will need to file one of the following forms:
Our team of attorneys is here to help you fill out the paperwork as quickly and effectively as possible. If you have already filled out your forms, we can conduct a thorough review to ensure that they are filled out correctly before you move ahead with your case.
Once your forms are ready, they will need to be filed with your local court clerk, who will then give them to the judge for a decision by the next business day. If the judge signs the order, the court will file it, and you will have a temporary restraining order. The paperwork must then be served (delivered) to the restrained person. To obtain a permanent restraining order, you will need to attend a court hearing. Based on the evidence presented, the judge will make a decision to grant the orders you requested, give some of the orders but not others, or grant none of the orders that you asked for.
The length of a restraining order depends on the type of order and the specific circumstances of your case.
The three types of domestic violence restraining orders and their duration include:
Depending on your situation, our team of attorneys that deal with restraining orders in Orange County may be able to help you in various ways:
With our experience in family law and criminal law, we are qualified to deliver sound guidance and counsel related to restraining orders and domestic violence. Our lawyers are here to help you through these challenging times.
Contact Sullivan Law & Associates now for a free consultation!