Orders of Protection in Domestic Violence Cases
If you or a loved one has been the victim of domestic violence, you may be entitled to legal protection from the alleged abuser. Domestic violence is a serious crime and should never be taken lightly or swept under the rug. Violence in our homes can rob us of our quality of life and can impact every aspect of our lives. You do not have to face your abuser alone anymore. You can be protected from abuse through the right legal action.
When a person is accused of domestic violence, that individual may end up having a protective order filed against him or her. This is a court order that is meant to protect the alleged victim from further acts of domestic violence or harassment. (Domestic violence, also called “family violence,” is an act of physical harm or a serious threat of physical harm against a family member, a household member or a current or former significant other.) In the state of Texas, a protective order for family violence will prohibit the alleged offender from the following actions (according to Texas Family Code §85.022):
- Communicating with the victim or any member of the victim’s family or household in a harassing manner, or at all (either directly or indirectly)
- Going to or near the victim’s residence, place of work other places where the individual is known to frequent
- Committing further acts of domestic violence
- Stalking the victim or committing other actions that would be seen as harassment
- Harming or threatening the safety of the victim’s pet or assistance animal
- Possessing a firearm
With a protective order, the court may also require the alleged offender to complete a battering intervention and prevention program.
Who can help me if I am a victim of domestic violence?
If you or a loved one is in an emergency situation involving domestic violence, call 9-11 immediately. Here in Texas, you can reach out to the Texas Advocacy Project at 1-800-374-HOPE. Additionally, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE, for service and support. These programs and services can offer you guidance and reassurance in an emergency. Our firm takes family law very seriously and aims to facilitate safety for all our clients. Domestic violence is a terrible crime and we work tirelessly to ensure that victims get the justice they deserve. Our legal team can help you navigate to safety. Recovering from the physical and emotional toll of domestic violence can be a long journey. We are here to help you through it. To consult with one of our family law attorney’s, call us today at (281) 391-9237 or fill out one of our online contact forms.
How can I protect myself from my abuser?
Regaining safety for you or your loved one who has suffered from domestic violence is undoubtedly your primary concern. You likely will not feel safe until the alleged abuser is no longer near you or living with you. Obtaining an order of protection or restraining order is your best course of action. These orders may not deter your abuser from attempting to stalk or hurt you. However, by having these orders in place, you can feel empowered to call the police and have the abuser arrested for any violation of the order. This can include being too close to you, trying to communicate directly or indirectly with you, and other violations.
Obtaining a restraining order requires legal documents to be filed with the local court. Additionally, hearings may take place to offer immediate protection from your abuser. A team of qualified and compassionate attorneys can guide you through the legal process of obtaining temporary and permanent protection from an abuser.
Why do I need a lawyer after suffering from domestic violence?
Suffering from domestic violence can have devastating and long term impacts. Being the victim of a violent crime is difficult enough when the violence is happening in your own home the impact can be especially traumatic. While you or your loved one may have suffered in this way, the pain does not have to continue. A strong and knowledgeable legal team can ensure that you can regain the safety and peace of mind you once had and will always deserve.
While you or your loved one are getting your life back on track, your focus should not be on fighting a legal battle. Domestic violence cases can be extremely emotionally charged. Having an experienced legal advocate who understands how to navigate the law and the courtroom is essential in gaining back your quality of life. Seeking a seasoned law firm that has the right training and a reputation of success can help ease you along on your journey to putting your life back together. You have suffered alone for too long. Going into a domestic violence case alone can be incredibly difficult. A conviction requires evidence that can often be tough to present. The right lawyer will know how to gather evidence and put together a case that will bring you back to safety. Facing your alleged abuser with a legal team you can trust will give you the confidence and comfort you deserve.
Why should I choose Adams Law Firm?
At Adams Law Firm we are dedicated to serving and advocating for our clients all over the Houston area. For over 35 years, our team has set high standards for our work in family law. We value our clients and recognize them as individuals. Each case we take on receives the personal attention and strong communication. We value and encourage input from our clients. We are here to serve you and aim to bring you success and satisfaction. Our firm has core values that we hold ourselves to. In doing so, we have gained a strong reputation in Houston. We have been recognized over and over for our outstanding service to our clients. Our firm was ranked among the 10 best in client satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. We have also been awarded an AV PREEMINENT® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, meaning that our clients have reviewed us as being among the best. Our values demonstrate our ethics and our awards show that we stick to them.
At Adams Law Firm you will be treated with dignity and respect. We value your time and will always keep you in the loop with what’s going on in your case. Our team will provide outstanding ethical service as you make your way through your legal journey. Our experience and success in family law enable us to treat you with the sensitivity and compassion you deserve while putting together a strong case on your behalf. Recovering from domestic violence deserves your full attention. You should not be made to suffer any longer. Our team can provide the legal backbone you need, to get the protection and ease of mind that you deserve.
Talk to a Katy lawyer from Adams Law Firm
If you are the victim of domestic violence or of legitimate threats of such violence, you should immediately speak to a Katy protective orders attorney who can help you protect yourself and your loved ones with a protective order. Domestic violence cases can be tricky and packed full of emotion. They can also require expert legal representation in order to prove your case. At Adams Law Firm we have worked with many clients who were once in your shoes. We understand the pain and suffering you have gone through and are committed to bringing you justice.
In addition to domestic violence victims, our firm can also help individuals who are at risk of having undeserved protective orders filed against them. Our firm, Adams Law Firm, has more than three decades of experience handling divorce and family law cases, so we are well-equipped to represent you in your case. Contact Adams Law Firm for strong legal representation by filling out or online contact form or by calling us at (281) 391-9237 today.