Restraining Orders in California
Fairfield Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you are suspected of engaging in
domestic violence or civil harassment, it is likely that your accuser may seek a restraining
order against you. In California, the legal standard of proof needed to
issue a protective order can be low. Temporary orders can be issued upon
“reasonable proof” that the alleged abuse occurred. A permanent
order may require a higher level of evidence, however, it still must only
be shown that the events in question were more likely than not to have occurred.
A restraining order can prohibit an individual from:
- Contacting the protected person or their children
- Going near an individual’s home, work, or school
- Owning or purchasing a firearm (currently owned firearms must be sold or
stored at an approved location)
The limited information needed to file an injunction can leave an individual
who has not broken the law with an incredible hardship. If you are facing
the possibility of a restraining order, know that you are not alone in
this process and our
Fairfield criminal defense attorneys can work tirelessly to see that your side of the story is heard. At Maher
& Chikhani A Professional Law Corporation, we can help you to keep
a temporary injunction from turning into a permanent restraining order.
confidential case evaluation with our firm and learn about your legal options.
Fighting a Restraining Order
While a temporary order will typically last only a few days, a hearing
will be scheduled to determine if a permanent injunction is warranted.
These hearings are often held soon after the initial complaint and you
should not waste any time in contacting an attorney from our firm. Accusations
of domestic abuse are often highly circumstantial and our attorneys can
help you to defend against exaggerated claims, misremembered events, and
outright false accusations.
Permanent and temporary injunctions will typically contain multiple orders
which detail the restrictions that you are to follow. Until the time that
you are able to overcome the accusations that you face, it is vital to
abide by the orders as they have been presented. For example, do not attempt
to contact your accuser to reason with them or to seek clarification.
Any contact at all may be a violation of the restraining order and can
have serious legal consequences such as hurting your credibility when
in front of a judge.
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The consequences of a restraining order and the punishments for violating
its terms can be severe. Individuals can find themselves in trouble with
the law simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you
have been the subject of an injunction, you need a trusted advisor in
your corner who will work tirelessly to uphold your rights. Our Fairfield
criminal defense attorneys have helped numerous clients free themselves
from the burden of a restraining order and when you need to protect your
future, Maher & Chikhani are only a phone call away.
Questions about how to overcome a restraining order? Do not hesitate to
contact our firm.