Domestic Violence Restraining Orders Attorney Serving Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Westwood, West Los Angeles, and all of Los Angeles County
Domestic violence includes physical harm, sexual assault, threats, stalking, property destruction, and similar behaviors. There is never an excuse for it, and it is never OK. If you’ve been the victim of domestic violence, you are entitled to a domestic violence restraining order to keep you safe from further harm.
How to Obtain a Domestic Violence Restraining Order
To obtain a domestic violence restraining order, you first need to fill out a Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order and file it with the local court. You will need to allege specific acts that meet the legal elements for domestic violence — an attorney can help you describe what happened in a way that fulfills the legal requirements.
The court will then schedule a hearing where the person you are accusing of domestic violence has a chance to respond. This is an important legal step needed to prevent false claims, but you should know that your abuser will be placed under a temporary restraining order and prohibited from contacting you until the hearing occurs.
At the hearing, you will be able to provide testimony and other evidence supporting the need for a restraining order as well as the chance to rebut any excuses made by your abuser. It can be very useful to bring an attorney with you to help you comply with the legal technicalities needed to obtain a permanent restraining order.
For assistance obtaining a domestic violence restraining order in the Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Westwood, West Los Angeles, and all of Los Angeles County, contact the Law Office of Michelle L. Kazadi today.