Colorado Springs Protection Order Lawyer with the Courtroom Experience Necessary to Help You Challenge a Protection Order or Restraining Order
It can come as a shock to get served with a restraining order. What your options are from here can feel like such an overwhelming question. Whether you’ve been hit with a temporary restraining order or if there was a permanent protection order requested, you have the right to challenge this order. If you don’t, the permanent restraining order could potentially last forever.
The serious consequences of having a protection order can result in you not having the right to visit certain public places or even, potentially, returning to your own home. Protection orders also show up on background checks and can have an impact on job hunts and housing. Having a protection order against you can also prevent you from owning a firearm, which can be career-ending for members of the military.
A criminal defense lawyer in Colorado Springs can help you challenge these protection orders and get your life back, protect your name, and defend your reputation. Joyner Law offers experienced legal representation to the restrained person and could help the accused avoid jail time, other legal penalties, and maintain employment.
Who Can File for Protection Orders?
If any person feels themselves to be a victim of harassment, assault, domestic violence, domestic abuse, and is in imminent danger, they have the right to seek a protection order. The court and local law enforcement err on the side of caution and can grant immediate protection with little to no proof that the protected party has come to physical or emotional harm.
The restraining order can potentially be leveled against anyone over age 10 and can require a specified distance, temporarily or more permanently. A temporary restraining order can be placed against you without your even knowing it in what is called an ‘ex parte’ hearing if a judge believes the restrained is threatening harm.
The courts can also automatically enact a criminal mandatory protection order. These orders must be issued in many criminal cases including cases of domestic abuse, domestic violence charges, or if threats rising to the level of a criminal offense have been made to the victim.
What Are the Future Consequences for Having a Restraining Order Filed Against You?
Oftentimes when the accused receives a temporary protection order, they do not feel the need to challenge the temporary order and allow it to become permanent. Maybe they don’t want to see the protected person or do not want the humiliation of appearing in court. But regardless of what you think your future intentions with or without the protected person may be, you should seek to at least better understand the full implications of being the recipient of a restraining order.
A permanent protection order can hurt your chances for employment, owning firearms, attending public places, and visiting family.
The restrained party needs to take these court orders seriously. You should take initial consultations with a lawyer and challenge these protection orders.
What is the Fallout for Restraining Order Violations?
It is a misdemeanor to knowingly violate a civil or criminal protection order. Penalties could include jail time and fines in the thousands of dollars. Subsequent protection order violations are treated with less lenience and often harsher penalties.
A restraining order violation not related to domestic violence charges still may risk jail time and fines in the thousands.
If police officers charge you with violating no-contact orders, you can be arrested. It is best to challenge the filing before the courts make the order permanent and enforceable, but if it is too late for that a strong criminal defense could help you avoid facing severe criminal charges.
Should I Hire Joyner Law to Challenge My Civil Protection Order?
Whether you’ve been personally served a domestic violence protection order or are facing a temporary protection order, you have the right to challenge these restraining orders and defend your name. A protection order is not proof of wrongdoing but it can be damaging to your reputation and threaten your future.
Call Joyner Law to get the legal representation you deserve at (719) 294-0566.