A restraining order is a civil court order that is intended to protect you from harm or harassment, and does not give the perpetrator a criminal record. If you are the victim of domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or sexual assault, then you should contact Tucson law firm Dorris Law Group to learn about your legal rights and how a restraining order can protect you. Read our post to learn more about how family law can help and then contact our firm online or call 520-622-4866.
What They Are
Restraining orders, also known as protection orders, may be a part of a family law case such as divorce, or another civil case. There are actually a number of different types of orders depending on the circumstances in each situation. These brief descriptions should help to clarify the different restraining orders.
- An Emergency Restraining Order may be issued by police if you are in immediate danger, or can’t get to the courthouse right away.
- Temporary Restraining Orders usually last about two weeks and are issued by a judge to keep you safe during the time before your case arrives in court.
- A No-contact Order varies in length depending on the details of your case. This type of order may be issued by a judge if your case goes to trial and the abuser is charged with a crime.
- A Domestic Violence Restraining Order is issued by a judge after a court hearing has taken place. This type of order lasts longer than either the emergency restraining order, or the temporary restraining order.
Who Can Get One
A victim of any age can obtain a restraining order. Domestic violence means that any one of the following acts was committed against a victim either by an adult or an emancipated minor:
- Criminal mischief
- Criminal sexual contact
- Sexual assault
This list is not a complete list, but rather a brief point of reference of a few of the main reasons that people seek a restraining order. For a complete list, as well as a thorough explanation, please contact our Tucson family law firm Dorris Law Group today for a free consultation and learn how we can help you.
What They Do
Restraining orders, or protection orders, are meant to do exactly what their name indicates — protect. If you are the victim of domestic abuse, then you can speak with your lawyer about the specifics of your situation so that they understand the manner of protection you need. Your lawyer can then present your case to the judge, who will order the language to represent exactly what is needed in your case.
When You Need One
If you feel that you are unsafe, then you should contact our family law firm at 520-622-4866 or request your free consultation online now to learn how we can help you obtain the right type of restraining order for your situation. We will take time to share about our legal services and make sure that you have all of the information you need to make the best decision.