Long Beach Restraining Order Attorney

Restraining order legal problem in Long Beach?

Domestic violence cases usually involve a restraining order, either temporary or permanent that restricts contact with the alleged victim. If your partner makes allegations of violent behavior, this is enough for the court to issue a restraining order, whether the allegation is true or false.

At the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau, our restraining order lawyer has decades of experience defending people who are caught in the criminal justice system. We have worked together for more than 20 years and take a team approach to our cases, with one attorney assuming the lead as we collaborate to identify the most effective defense strategy. Our lawyers have also been selected for inclusion in the California Super Lawyers® list by LA Magazine.

Why was a restraining order placed against you?

Understanding the situation that led to the court order can help you determine an effective course of action. Although you may know the turn of events that led up to your current circumstances, you may not understand the law that is involved. Typically, individuals obtain domestic violence restraining orders in response to abuse by a person that they have a close relationship with, whether that person is a parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, partner, etc.

In domestic violence cases, "abuse" may be considered physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional. The law interprets these types of abuse in a very specific way. Understanding how and why you were put under a restraining order is the first step to protecting your rights and best interests against the consequences. The next step is reviewing your situation with a lawyer who has working knowledge of California domestic violence law and years of experience in criminal defense.

Penalties for Violating Restraining Orders

Under state law, restraining orders may be used to restrict the actions of individuals who are accused of displaying aggressive or abusive behavior toward a partner. These orders can last up to three years, with some situations allowing for a permanent order of protection. If a spouse gets a restraining order, the alleged abuser could be prohibited from returning home, visiting with children, or contacting the alleged victim by any means. Individuals who violate these orders can face a number of penalties, including:

  • Up to one year of jail time and a fine of up to $1,000
  • For cases involving physical harm to a spouse, the offender may face 30 days to 1 year of jail time and a $2,000 fine.
  • For repeat offenders, the penalties increase to 6 months to one year of jail time and a $2,000 fine. Second and third-time violators will face felony charges and state prison.

Handling Restraining Orders the Right Way

No matter how unreasonable or demanding that a restraining order may be, it is important to remember that violating the order will do nothing but make your situation worse. The best way to resolve an issue concerning your restraining order is to take legal action. A skilled criminal defense attorney is able to handle restraining orders and all kinds of issues relating to domestic violence cases.

When the domestic violence restraining order forces you into a situation that prevents you from engaging in all of your work, family, and other responsibilities, you may be able to petition for a modification of the court order. With approval from a judge, a domestic violence restraining order can be adjusted to protect the rights and best interests of both parties involved.

If you have a restraining order that was issued based upon false accusations or you are accused of violating an existing order, turn to our seasoned criminal defense attorneys right away. We have a reputation for getting the excellent outcomes for our clients and we work tirelessly for those we represent. Schedule a free case evaluation to learn more about how we may be able to make a positive difference for your legal situation. Or, contact us today to find out more.

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