Helping You Find Protection from Domestic Violence
If you or someone you love is the victim of domestic violence, you have the right to seek and obtain a restraining order as protection. Restraining orders are free to obtain and many can be granted the same day they are requested.
While anyone can request a restraining order on their own, having a knowledgeable Los Angeles family lawyer with experience in handling DVRO and CHRO cases by your side throughout the process can make matters easier and less overwhelming. We can ensure that all paperwork is completed appropriately and that you receive the protection you need.
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
A domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) protects a person from an abuser with whom they share an intimate relationship. This could be a spouse, domestic partner, boyfriend/girlfriend, or roommate. DVROs also cover those who are closely related including parents, siblings, grandparents, and/or children.
When you obtain a domestic violence restraining order against someone, the DVRO can compel the restrained person to cease contact and stay away from you, your family, your home, and your workplace. A DVRO can also compel someone to pay child support, spousal support, and even certain bills.
DVROs may prevent the abuser from:
- Seeing his/her children
- Going to certain places
- Owning a gun
- Living in their place of residence
If you are involved in a situation where you believe a DVRO is necessary, you should act quickly. Our Los Angeles restraining order attorneys can help you seek a DVRO to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
Civil harassment is a type of harassing conduct committed by one party when that party is not closely related to or involved in a current (or prior) romantic relationship to the other party.
These relationships include:
- Non-immediate family members such as cousins, aunts, and uncles
If you feel threatened by someone’s harassment, you may file for a civil harassment restraining order to protect yourself.
There are multiple types of civil harassment restraining orders that work to provide a party with protection:
- Emergency protective orders: Restraining orders that only police officers can request
- Temporary restraining orders: Restraining orders given by a judge when a party goes to court to request the restraining order; these are usually valid for 20-25 days and a party must then go back to court to extend it
- Criminal protective orders (or stay-away orders): Given when the abuse or harassment is so severe that the District Attorney files criminal charges; the criminal protection order is valid the entire time a criminal case is ongoing
If you are in fear for your safety and have questions about how to obtain a restraining order, contact the Los Angeles restraining order attorneys at The Broadway Law Firm today. Call (213) 344-0545.