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 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
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.