When A Dispute Turns Into A Domestic Violence Civil Protective Order (DVCPO) Or A Civil Stalking Protective Order

When a family dispute turns violent, or there are threats of violence, a DVCPO may be needed. The effect can be far ranging and long-lasting, such as not ever being able to own a firearm or having your parental rights suspended. At Kirner & Boldt Co., L.P.A., our lawyers have represented both the clients who seek protective orders and those who are subject to them.

Regardless of whether you are a victim of domestic violence or you feel you were wrongfully accused, it's important to put your case in the hands of an attorney who will act quickly on their behalf. When your safety or your rights are at stake, there is no time to waste.

If You Are A Victim Of Domestic Violence

Victims of domestic violence can seek a civil protective order from the courts. Sometimes incorrectly referred to a "restraining order," these are designed to limit and/or stop all contact you receive from your abuser and keep him or her at a safe distance.

A temporary protective order can be obtained very quickly from the court without prior notice to the accused. However, to obtain a full protective order, which can last up to five years, you must attend a longer hearing and present evidence that will convince the court that you are in real danger. The accused will also be permitted to mount a defense.

Our attorneys can help you file for a temporary protective order and gather the evidence you need to secure a permanent order. We know that you need swift, sure guidance. We also know that the safety of your loved ones may also be a concern and can help you ask for protection for them as well.

If You Are Accused Of Domestic Violence

Allegations of abuse are always taken seriously by the courts. Unfortunately, some people will use allegations of violence in order to manipulate the court — especially if they are trying to get the upper hand in a divorce or child custody dispute.

The consequences of a civil protective order can include the following:

  • You could be forced to move out of your home.
  • You could be forced to avoid all contact with your spouse.
  • You may be forbidden to have contact with your own children.
  • You could be obligated to turn over all firearms or ammunition you own.
  • You may have to attend mandatory counseling sessions.
  • You could lose your job, depending on your position.
  • You will have a record that is accessible in any background check.

If you violate the order in any way, including phone contact with your accuser, you can be fined, criminally charged and imprisoned.

The worst thing that you can do is go into court unprepared. Our attorneys will mount an aggressive defense on your behalf. We make sure that your rights are protected and keep the hearing process fair.

Do Not Face Issues Involving Protective Orders Alone

If domestic violence is an issue or you have been served with a temporary protective order, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call 440-884-4300. We are conveniently located in the North Royalton suburb outside of Cleveland, Ohio, near Parma. We also offer free initial consultations for your convenience.