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Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders

Relationships can take turns, and when they do misunderstandings, disagreements, or worse, can lead to domestic violence with the need for restraining orders. Whether you must file an order or follow one, the situation requires professional help. A supportive, competent attorney is a priceless asset for court proceedings and more.

Filing An Order

Sometimes, people try to work out differences or manage difficult relationships, but their efforts fall short. Protective orders (restraining orders in some states) empower a violence victim to keep an abuser at a distance and call the police if the abuser violates that demand. Emergency Protection Orders are short-term rulings for special cases, such as when police must remove an aggressor from an establishment.

Common grounds for restraining orders include:

  • Domestic violence and spousal abuse
  • Threats of abuse and stalking behaviors
  • Repeated violence or abuse leading to an arrest
  • Medical treatment and hospitalizations for assorted injuries

An attorney is useful in court to represent victims who are naturally shaken and possibly injured. It is best for all parties to have attorneys coordinate legal paperwork, submit evidence, and argue on their clients' behalves.

Following An Order

When mistakes and poor judgment lead you to receive a restraining order, you must overcome regret and confusion to protect your rights. You also need to manage the risks of losing access to your children if they are in the middle of the matter. Refusing to follow the order's terms could lead you to arrest, jail time, and loss of credibility.

Don’t Speak to the Plaintiff

Unfortunately, police do make mistakes, and alleged victims can lie. Police have walked head-on into a domestic dispute and, in the heat of the moment, determined the incorrect aggressor. Although it may not happen often, disgruntled spouses and partners have retaliated with false accusations of abuse.

You Deserve Justice

An experienced litigator who is informed on Texas family law statutes will build your case, present appropriate evidence, and clear up false criminal allegations. Fair criminal defense attorneys also help clients manage particulars the order affects.

These include:

  • Access to your home, vehicle, and belongings if shared with the plaintiff
  • Firearm, ammunition, and weapons removals or reclamation
  • Visitation, custody and financial support for children
  • Employment negotiations, if you work with the plaintiff

Contact the El Paso Law Offices of Ruben Ortiz at (915) 308-8850 for expert family law and protective order attorneys. A free consultation begins your fresh start to protecting yourself, your freedoms, and your future.