Orders of protection, also called restraining orders, are a broad category, encompassing many different types of situations. If you are in a situation involving domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or unwanted and offensive communication, an order of protection can provide relief and safety. Orders of protection are a civil matter, handed down by a judge in court. They outline certain things that someone you are intimately related to can and cannot do. The orders can restrict the person troubling you from certain activities, including visiting you and even contacting you.
Anyone who is suffering at the hands of someone that they are intimately related to, such as a blood relative, a spouse, a sexual partner, or a close friend, can apply for a court order of protection. The judge will hear your case and decide if you need a court order of protection. The order may last anywhere from several weeks to several years and will restrict the named individual from doing certain things, depending on your case. The protection may include restrictions from visiting you at home, work, or school, restrictions from visiting your family, restrictions from using shared assets (such as a home or a car), and even restrictions from contacting you. While orders of protection are decided in a civil court, a violation of the orders constitutes grounds for criminal prosecution.
Our firm has years of experience offering advice and service to New York residents in domestic disputes. You should get legal help or advice anytime that you are involved in an order of protection situation. When applying for orders of protection, our experienced lawyers can help you determine whether or not you have a case and can get you ready for what you will need in court. If you have been restricted by an order of protection, we can help you get the justice you need, whether you need to file for a mutual restraining order or prove that the charges against you are false or overstated. For valuable legal advice, call Abraham & Jesselson Law Group, LLC at (516) 821-0990 for a free consultation.