If you or another family member has been the victim of domestic abuse, then there may be a need for swift legal protection in the form of an Order of Protection. Abuse is a very serious matter, and protecting you and your children from harm is of utmost importance to us. Domestic abuse can occur in many various physical and psychological forms such as: stalking, harassment, battering, sexual abuse, threatening physical violence, interfering with personal liberty, and neglect. Often times, domestic violence is an emergency matter that requires immediate intervention and a proper grasp of the court system to achieve needed protection.
Our firm will work alongside investigators, law enforcement, and other experts to restore your sense of security and prevent any future attacks. If you are being abused, it is helpful to start collecting evidence so we can build a case against your abuser. Collecting medical reports, emergency room records, photographic evidence of bodily injury, and any records of threatening correspondence via text, email, social media, or voice message can all be useful in building your case.
An Order of Protection can help protect your family by prohibiting abuse, granting you exclusive possession of the marital residence, stay-away orders, and custody of your children. Emergency Orders of Protection are entered by the courts without notice to the abuser, and are valid for 14 to 21 days. If the abuser is notified of the hearing, the court can enter an Interim Order of Protection, which is effective for up to 30 days. Lastly, the court may enter a Plenary Order of Protection after an evidentiary hearing which will be effective for up to 2 years. If an abuser violates an Order of Protection knowingly, they are subject to arrest without a warrant.
Domestic violence can be incredibly stressful and traumatic, and our lawyers at Coladarci and Coladarci an unmatched level of compassion and understanding for our clients when it comes to matters as such. We have the experience and care to navigate you through the intricacies of this process and advocate on your behalf.