Cerritos Restraining Order Attorney

Have You Been Served a Restraining Order?

When a restraining order has been filed against you, it’s important you understand what you’re up against, and how you should proceed. Violating an order can have serious legal consequences, and could lead to a criminal record, or prevent you from seeing your children. If you were served a restraining order, contact your lawyer for immediate legal help.

At Gibbons & Gibbons, A Law Corporation, our familiarity with restraining order laws and other criminal defense help us to provide our clients with skilled representation. We have more than 60 years of collective experience and, during that time, have helped nearly 3,000 clients.

Are You Serving a Restraining Order
Against Someone Else?

Our firm also seeks to serve people who are serving restraining orders against persons who pose a threat to their safety and well-being. Restraining orders can be a helpful solution in cases of stalking, domestic violence, tumultuous divorce, and other instances in which someone is engaging in threatening or intimidating behaviors. When you call our Cerritos restraining order attorneys, we can help you provide the court with all the proof you need to put important safety measures in place to protect you and your loved ones.

To get started building your defense or making your case to have another person kept a safe distance away, call our firm at (562) 275-7101.

When Are Restraining Orders Issued?

Courts have the authority to issue restraining orders in order to prohibit one person from contacting another. Restraining orders are usually issued in domestic violence cases, especially when there has been evidence of physical abuse, harassment, sexual assault, or stalking. The order will usually prohibit a person from any contact with the abused or harassed party, including visits to their place of work or their home.

Temporary Restraining Orders

Before filing an official restraining order, the court may use a temporary restraining order, which will only last for a few days. If you are issued a temporary restraining order, obey it to the letter. Contacting the person who issued the order can only make the situation more difficult and will not help your case. Instead, contact your attorney and discuss your legal options in preparation for the hearing for a permanent order.

Permanent Restraining Orders

If someone asks the court to issue a restraining order because of alleged abuse or domestic violence, the matter must be addressed in court through a hearing before it can take effect. At a court hearing, the subject of the restraining order may exercise his or her legal rights. The subject should contact their attorney immediately after receiving notice of a restraining order. Court hearings are usually set up in about a week or 10 days, giving the respondent little time to prepare with their attorney.

Permanent restraining orders may last for up to 5 years, depending on the circumstances of the case and the evidence presented to the court. If you have a restraining order filed against you, it will show up on your background check, and you will not be permitted to possess a firearm.

Violating a Restraining Order

Violating a restraining order can have very serious consequences. A first violation is considered a misdemeanor charge and may result in jail time or supervised probation. The violator may also be ordered to attend mandatory counseling and could pay restitution to the victim if injured. If a restraining order is violated multiple times within a year, it could be charged as a felony and could result in up to a year in jail, and fines of up to $2,000.

Get Legal Representation from Gibbons & Gibbons, A Law Corporation

If you were served a restraining order, take immediate action to defend your rights and protect your freedom. Our firm will use our legal resources to build you a solid defense, working either to reduce violation charges and penalties or have your restraining order dismissed in your court hearing.

At Gibbons & Gibbons, A Law Corporation, we are dedicated to providing aggressive restraining order defense to each and every one of our clients. We are also prepared to stand up for people who wish to file restraining orders against persons who pose a direct threat to their health, safety, and well-being. Whichever side of the equation you find yourself on, our firm is here to serve you and ensure you are defended, protected, and well-represented in court.

Contact Gibbons & Gibbons, A Law Corporation for a free consultation.

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