Victims of domestic violence who need protection should seek legal advice immediately to know their options. The attorneys at Laurie Peters and Associates, APLC are available to assist you in obtaining the protection you need.
Laurie Peters and Associates, APLC also has extensive experience in assisting individuals facing false allegations of domestic violence. Having a restraining order against you comes with significant consequences, and it is imperative that you have representation.
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 restraining order needs to show that the allegations happened by tipping the scales slightly in his or her favor.
A knowledgeable and experienced attorney in Ventura County 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 explaining why you need a restraining order. If you present mere conclusions or unreliable information, you may not get the protection you need. There can be serious legal consequences for not getting it right from the beginning.
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 divorce, child custody, support, and/or visitation.
If there are issues of custody, visitation, and/or support, there are presumptions that could harm you. It is imperative that you have an experienced attorney on your side.
These issues are similar to domestic violence, but they require different pleadings and a different approach. In these matters, the party seeking the restraining order must prove their allegations are true by clear and convincing evidence. This is a higher standard than that of domestic violence restraining orders. Laurie Peters & Associates, APLC has experienced attorneys available to assist you with this process, so you do not have to face it alone.