Restraining Orders and Orders of Protection
Domestic Violence Lawyer Serving
Tempe & the Entire East Valley
No matter the circumstances of your situation, having a restraining order
filed against you can have an extremely detrimental effect on many aspects
of your life. A restraining order can result in loss of rights to see
your children, limit the places you are allowed to live and restrict your
basic freedoms. Outside of your restricted interactions with the party
or parties involved, a restraining order can also affect your reputation
and creditability, should the knowledge of the orders placed against you
become public. If someone has accused you of an offense that would lead
to a restraining order being filed against you, or if you are accused of a
violation of an existing restraining order, it is absolutely essential to seek out the advice and guidance of an
criminal defense attorney.
Were you served a restraining order?
Orders of Protection are served against individuals who have been accused
of, and convincingly shown to have committed, an act of
domestic violence against the victim. The victim can be a spouse, child, neighbor, date,
sibling, parent, relative, roommate, or any other person who has been
in danger as a result of the alleged actions from the accused individual.
In order to obtain a restraining order, or an Order of Protection, the
alleged victim has to testify before a judge. Based on this testimony
and the other incidents of abuse recorded and noted, the judge will decide
whether or not to issue a restraining order. You have the right to challenge
the issuance of the order. If the person you are seeking an order against
is a neighbor, stranger or acquaintance, then you would seek an Injunction
If a judge issues the Order of Protection or the Injunction Against Harassment,
the defendant must be served with the order before it becomes effective
and once served, the order will be in effect for 12 months. The defendant
may request one hearing anytime during the 12 months in which the order
is in effect. The judge will hear testimony and then make a ruling to
either uphold or quash the order. A violation of the order can result
in criminal charges. The Firm can represent a plaintiff or defendant in
an Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment proceeding and
also represents individuals charged with violating these orders.
Mr. Buckallew has extensive experience in resolving issues regarding restraining
orders, including Orders of Protection, Injunctions Against Harassment,
and violations of these types of orders. He will work closely with you
to determine the facts and will seek to resolve the issue of the restraining
order and restore your access to your children, your possessions and your
home. Even if you have already been served a restraining order, there
are actions that can be taken to challenge the order and you have the
right to contest the orders brought against you. Attorney Trent Buckallew
will help you to prepare your case, seek an order to quash the restraining
order and help in preserving your rights.
Contact a Mesa criminal defense attorney if you have been served a restraining order or have been accused of violating
an existing order Schedule a free consultation today. We are available 24/7.