Protective orders are issued by courts to protect individuals and their children from domestic violence. In the case of alleged domestic violence crimes or threats of crimes against these individuals, these orders can be imposed on an emergency basis to stop further abuse or to prevent it from happening in the first place when alleged victims are in imminent danger.
At Solon Law, we understand the urgency of having the abused and their children protected by law from harm. Our Salt Lake City protective orders attorney can advise you on the matter, help you navigate the courts for such protective orders, or represent you in court at protective order hearings. We also know that, in some cases, these orders can be based on falsehoods, exaggerations, and misrepresentations of alleged abuse by accusers seeing to misuse them, often for ulterior purposes, such as to gain leverage in a divorce or child custody case. Thus, we represent clients facing unjustified domestic violence accusations as well.
Anyone over the age of 16 can seek a protective order after suffering some type of domestic abuse or who fears imminent abuse from a current or former spouse, cohabitant, relative by blood or marriage, current or former intimate partner, a person with whom you share a child regardless of marital status, or anyone with whom you have shared a home or former home.
If you have a real and legitimate fear of harm, even if no actual harm has occurred thus far, you are a likely candidate for a temporary protective order that can become final within 20 days at a court hearing. As the petitioner, you will need to file your petition with the court on an emergency basis. Protective orders can be sought by adults for the protection of a child as well.
Protective orders can impose the following directions and restrictions:
- Order the alleged abuser to stop any further abuse or threats of abuse
- Make no contact with you or anyone named in your order, whether directly or indirectly
- Make the alleged abuser vacate a shared home
- Order the abuser to stay away from your home, workplace, school, vehicle, or places you frequently visit
- Order the abuser to stay away from family or household members as well
- Prohibit the abuser from possessing a firearm
- Grant you temporary custody of shared children with or without visitation rights for the abuser, depending on the circumstances
- Order the abuser to pay child support and/or spousal support
- Order anything else the court considers necessary for your safety and protection
Get Help from Our Experienced Family Law Attorney in Salt Lake City
Unfortunately, protective orders often become necessary for the safety of individuals and their children. Just as unfortunate are protective orders imposed when based on false information. Either way, our experienced attorney can help you seek or contest a protective order or seek to have a current order modified, dismissed, or enforced when a violation occurs. Attorney Trevor Casperson can provide the appropriate level of advice, guidance, or representation you want on an as-needed basis to help you achieve your desired outcome.
Contact our Salt Lake City protective order attorney at Solon Law if you need advice or guidance in a matter related to domestic violence protective orders. Call (801) 770-0073 for a free initial consultation. Hablamos español.