When Protective Orders Are Issued
A protective order is a very powerful legal tool which has long-lasting effects on the lives of the people involved.
At Weinman & Associates, P.C., in Austin, our attorneys have represented many people in protective order hearings and matters growing out of protective orders. This includes people seeking to obtain a protective order for themselves or family members, and also clients seeking to prevent the issuance of protective orders against them.
Our family law firm will take timely action to protect you, your rights and your family.
Obtaining A Protective Order
A protective order prohibits a person from having certain types of contact with other people named in the order. Violation of protective orders can result in criminal charges.
Obtaining a final protective order is a two-step process. You can obtain an immediate temporary protective order upon proper application to the court. Such temporary orders will expire within a couple of weeks, so a hearing for final order will need to be scheduled within that time.
At a hearing for a final protective order, the court will expect to hear evidence regarding the family violence that has occurred and why you believe that family violence is likely to occur again in the future. Weinman & Associates, P.C. can represent you at this hearing and present evidence supporting your case.
The Consequences Of Protective Orders
During the hearing, there may be a number of other issues to be decided. If the subject of the order must leave a joint residence, arrangements must be made for removing the person’s possessions from the premises. If the person retains parental rights regarding a child, a means to exchange the child must be determined. In a subsequent hearing, the parent may also lose his or her child custody or visitation rights.
Weinman & Associates, P.C. can represent you in all aspects of these matters.
Defending Against Allegations Of Abuse
During a divorce or child custody dispute, one party may seek an advantage by making false or exaggerated claims of domestic violence.
Weinman & Associates, P.C. can represent you in court, and present evidence that refutes the allegations or puts the behavior in a context that is more favorable to you.
If there is some substance to the allegations, we may be able to obtain mitigated terms in exchange for your participation in counseling or domestic violence education programs.