If you are subject of restraining orders, you need to know more about the type of order, what it permits and prevents and how to handle it. However, you are not on your own. A lawyer with experience helping people to defend themselves in domestic violence cases can also help you with handling a restraining order. Why a domestic violence defense attorney? Because often these types of cases come with restraining orders.
What Are Restraining Orders in California?
Restraining orders, also known as protective orders, in California are unusual because you do not need to have a conviction to have a restraining order. Only one person has to make an accusation to file one of these. In fact, in domestic violence cases, the accused will fall under a protective order to stay away from the alleged victim, regardless of whether the latter requests it.
Restraining orders of all types might include provisions governing what the individual can do, how far from the protected person they must stay, and whether they must leave their home. For instance, a person under a restraining order may have restrictions that prohibit them from texting, calling, emailing, visiting the person’s work, and living in the home they share with the person protected by the order.
Types of Restraining Orders in California
California has four types of restraining orders covering the following:
- Dependent adult or elder abuse: Protects elders or adults depend on another from violence or abuse
- Domestic violence: Protects those in romantic relationships or related to someone from violence
- Workplace violence: Protects coworkers from violence or harassment
- Civil harassment: Protect people from harassment and violence from those distantly related or not living with them
These four types of protective orders have specific requirements to keep one party from interacting with the other.
What You Can Do About Restraining Orders Against You
Restraining orders against you could lead to fines or jail time if broken. Plus, you may need to move out of your home in some cases. However, a qualified defense lawyer skilled in domestic violence cases may be able to convince the judge to change a “stay away” order that requires you to move out of your home to a “no violence contract” that permits you to stay at home as long as violence does not occur.
Domestic violence convictions can extend the protective order for years, which could keep you from seeing your kids or returning home. Having someone in your corner to argue your case may help change the specifics of the restraining order or improve your chances of avoiding conviction.
Contact Steven K. Bloom for Help with a Restraining Order or Domestic Violence Charges
If you have a restraining order or charges of domestic violence, you should seek out expert help from an experienced Orange County defense lawyer. Steven K. Bloom has helped people with their cases for more than two decades. Contact him today to get a consultation. You can get help from someone who will work hard on your case if you connect with Steven K. Bloom.