A restraining order can protect an individual from being physically or emotionally abused, stalked, threatened or harassed in many ways. Whether you are a victim of domestic violence, or have been wrongly accused of committing domestic violence, a restraining order can have a significant impact on your life.
For victims, it is imperative to obtain a restraining order against your abuser to ensure your safety. If a court issues you a restraining order, then the harassing party must stay away from you and cease contact, otherwise he or she can be arrested. If you and the abuser have children, it can be easier to obtain custody of them if the court finds that your spouse or significant other has committed domestic violence. Additionally, if the abuser lives with you, he or she can be ordered to move out of the residence.
If you have been accused of domestic violence and restraining order proceedings have been initiated, then you should obtain legal counsel as a restraining order can have a lasting impact on your life. If the court finds that you have committed domestic violence, then you will be placed in the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications (CLETS) System, which comes up in background checks and can prevent you from securing employment. You could also lose custody and visitation rights with your children, be ordered to pay spousal support, or be forced to move out of your residence if you live with the accuser.
Elisabeth Donovan has had success in initiating and defending a wide variety of restraining order cases. She represents individuals in domestic violence restraining orders in family court, as well as civil harassment restraining orders and elder abuse restraining orders.
For more information on obtaining or opposing a restraining order in California, contact Law Office of Elisabeth Donovan for your free consultation.