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Domestic Violence

Clearwater Domestic Violence Attorney

Being safe in your own home is a fundamental right. If you feel that you may be in danger, or have experienced physical abuse, harassment, unlawful confinement, or are being denied necessary medication from a person in your household, it is your right to protect yourself and take legal action. An expert Domestic Violence Attorney can help you get a protective order and assist you in making a plan for personal protection. It is also your right to act as a representative for your minor children or disabled adults within your household who do not have the ability to secure legal protection for themselves.

Obtaining an Order of Protection

A Protection Order disallows an abuser to continue the abuse and is obtained through a court order. Because domestic violence issues are time sensitive matters, a domestic violence lawyer is allowed to hastily act on your behalf in order to get an Emergency Protective Order that should be valid for 14-21 days. In order to protect the victim from additional abuse, it is customary not to inform the alleged suspect of the Emergency Protective Order that is to be placed. There is an option while waiting for court appearances to have the court enter an Interim Order of Protection, which will be effective for up to 30 days. A Plenary Order of Protection , which will be effective for 2 years, may be entered by the court after the evidentiary hearing happens. All protection orders cover different components like prohibiting abuse, stay-away orders, exclusive possession of the marital residence, and child custody.

Protective Order Violations

Intentionally disobeying a protective order is considered a crime punishable by law. Whether an officer has seen the violation take place or not, as long as he has probable cause that an order has been violated, he has the right to immediately arrest without the virtue of a warrant. Domestic violence and protection order violations are taken very seriously.

Free Consultation with an Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyer

If potential violence or neglect from another household member is imminent and you fear for the safety of your children, other members of your household, or yourself, seek help from a qualified Clearwater Domestic Violence Lawyer right away. We will assist you in the process of obtaining protection, and help you put protective measures in place. If you have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence and are looking for representation and assistance, we can assist you as well.

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