Ventura County Domestic Violence Lawyer

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Ventura County Domestic Violence Attorneys

Laurie Peters and Associates have experienced Ventura County domestic violence attorneys to assist you with the process. Victims who need protection should seek legal advice immediately to know his or her options. Unfortunately, false accusations are common; therefore, a victim in need of protection must be able to present facts based on admissible evidence to show a need for a restraining order.


Laurie Peters and Associates also have extensive experience in exposing false allegations and defending those accused of Domestic Violence. Having a restraining order against you comes with significant consequences.

Domestic Violence

A restraining order for domestic violence can be issued against a family member or someone to whom you have a close relationship, such as an ex-spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. The standard of proof in a case of Domestic Violence is preponderance of the evidence. In other words, the person seeking the order needs to show that the allegations happened by tipping the scales slightly, in his or her favor. However, it is still the person seeking the orders who has the burden of proof.

Also, anyone accused needs to have an experienced attorney to make sure they have an adequate defense to the accusations made against them.

If you are seeking a restraining order:

A knowledgeable and experienced attorney will evaluate your case and help you present the proper paperwork to the court. The court may make its determination to grant or deny your request based solely on declarations. Therefore, it is important to make sure you present a concise statement in chronological order explaining why you need a restraining order. If you present mere conclusions or unreliable information without admissible evidence, you may not get the protection you need. There can be serious legal consequences for not getting it right from the beginning.

If you are accused and need to oppose a request for a restraining order:

You need an experienced lawyer to protect you. A restraining order can be issued by the court with no notice sometimes. If you do not challenge the order, you may be removed from your residence and be ordered to stay a certain distance away from a person which may ultimately result in a crime. Even if you do not want to be around that person, it could have severe consequences relating to employment, licensing, or issues surrounding a divorce, child custody, support, and/or visitation. Even if you do not want to be around that person, it could have severe consequences relating to employment or licensing.

If there are issues of custody, visitation or support, there are presumptions that could harm you. By way of example: Presumptions against custody or receipt of support if you are found to have perpetrated domestic violence. Also, if you violate the orders, it is a crime. Even if the holder of the restraining order invites you to do so. This is not true of protected party.


These issues are similar to domestic violence, but do not fall within domestic violence. These require different pleadings and a different approach. However, our qualified attorneys are able to address those issues. Our firm will be able to determine which venue you need.

Civil Harassment requires a higher standard. The requesting party will be required to prove by clear and convincing evidence the allegations. They also must show a course of conduct that is likely to continue. It is a more difficult burden than a Domestic Violence request.

The attorneys at Laurie Peters & Associates know how to protect you if you have been accused of Domestic Violence or Civil Harassment. An experienced lawyer will give your case the attention it deserves. Call today for a low-cost initial consultation.

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