There are many different types of relief that can be provided by Protective Orders. Usually the primary goal is to have the other party ordered to stay away from you, and possibly your children, too. Other things the court can do pursuant to a Protective Order are forcing the other person to vacate the residence, giving you use of a jointly-owned vehicle or family pet, and requiring the other side not to disconnect utilities.
Orders usually forbid the accused party from entering the family home and removing children to another location. Calling, emailing and mailing letters are often restricted or forbidden, and the other party will have to surrender all firearms.
Our firm also represents the accused when petitions unfairly accuse him or her of threatening household members. We know relationships are complicated and that matters can be twisted in the heat of an argument. Our attorneys make certain that we provide the most zealous representation possible, so that you are protected from false allegations of abuse.
You can get orders of protection yourself, but you would be better served having an experienced domestic violence attorney accompany you to court. We are well-versed in the specific evidence the court is going to consider in making its decision, and these facts are often overlooked by individuals who are not represented by counsel. Protective Orders are usually vigorously litigated because of the significant consequences that can result if one is granted. These cases rarely settle through negotiation and almost always go to trial. All of our attorneys are highly experienced litigators who are comfortable in a trial setting.
To discuss how to either obtain or defend a Protective Order, talk to one of our family law attorneys. Phone us in Leesburg, Virginia, at 703-777-6161 or email us a description of your situation.