El Paso Restraining Order Attorney
Helping You Protect What Matters
Protective orders, also known as restraining orders, can help protect you and your family from violence, stalking, and/or abuse. In fact, a study from the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law found that permanent protection orders reduced violence by more than 80%. Restraining orders can provide legal intervention and protection in harmful situations, but getting a permanent one is complicated.
At Hall Law, we believe those in need deserve high-quality legal support. That is why we offer a host of legal services to help you protect what matters most. Our team works alongside you every step of the way to advocate for you and protect your interests in and out of court.
When you need an advocate, call Hall Law at (915) 529-0233.
What Does a Restraining Order Do?
The scope of protection from a restraining order depends on the type and your unique circumstances.
- Temporary restraining orders (TROs) offer limited protection from an abuser. You may request a TRO if you are being threatened or abused by a family member, current or former spouse, or partner.
- Civil harassment orders (CHOs) offer protection from abusers who are not family members, current or former spouses, or partners. CHOs do not provide the same level of protection as a standard restraining order, so you must speak with an attorney about the best option for your situation.
- Permanent restraining orders (PROs) provide the highest level of protection from your abuser. These orders can last for life and prevent the abuser from gaining access to you, your children, and family.
The court may decide to grant one of the above protective orders depending on the severity of the abuse, the seriousness of harm, previous criminal activity, and the likelihood of future violence. It is crucial to have a legal advocate on your side to present case evidence to the court in support of your case.
How Do I Get a Restraining Order?
To get a restraining order, you need to file a petition with your county court. The clerk can direct you to the appropriate forms and documents and give you guidance regarding the court’s process for approval. Most counties have virtual filing options but always visit the court website for a complete list of filing options and instructions.
Once you complete the necessary forms, you will need to explain your situation in detail. You will also need to present any evidence that may support your family law case, like court documents, previously documented abuse, medical evaluations, etc. The purpose of this step is to establish your case before the court.
This is the most challenging step in the process, and you should never attempt to go before a judge without legal representation. An attorney can investigate the details of your situation and build a case to convince the court of the need for a protective order.
Violation of a Protective Order
In some cases, the abuser may violate a restraining order and threaten you and your loved ones. If you believe your abuser violates the protective order, notify law enforcement immediately so they can be arrested. Violation of a protective order can be a high-level misdemeanor or a felony, so you must report any violations as soon as possible.
An abuser may violate a restraining order by:
- Possessing a firearm
- Tampering with your GPS
- Harming or threatening harm to you and anyone else listed on the order
- Causing harm through a third party
Additionally, violating a court order of any kind is considered “contempt of court.” This means that an individual has ignored or otherwise failed to follow a court order. Depending on the case, a contempt of court charge may result in jail time and hefty fines.
Texas courts take protective orders and contempt of court very seriously. If there is a violation of any kind, the court will likely take swift action against the guilty party. However, despite the court’s best efforts, some victims may not receive the protection they need to live safely. That is why it is critical to consult an experienced legal professional.
Helping You Regain Peace of Mind
Violence and harassment leave lasting scars, and you may feel like you are out of options. Hall Law has over two decades of experience helping clients find the light at the end of the tunnel. Our divorce attorney works tirelessly to provide personalized legal strategies to help you protect yourself and your loved ones.
We investigate the details of your situation, build a sound strategy, and protect your interests in court. Whether you need to pursue a protective order or modify an existing one, Hall Law has the experience you need.
Reclaim your future with Hall Law. Schedule a consultation with our El Paso restraining order lawyer today.
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