It may be surprising to learn that almost any person can seek a protective order in Virginia against you due to fear of imminent danger, which may result in a civil protective order being issued against you in connection with domestic abuse – even if you are innocent.
The Problem with Protective Orders
Protective orders are often issued without proper justification. This means that almost anyone – a family member, soon-to-be ex wife, cheating spouse, partner, or jealous girlfriend, among others – can request a protective order to be issued against you improperly. When a protective order is issued, you will hardly have any time to defend yourself. This is why you need to talk with an experienced attorney prior to the order’s issuance.
Additionally, you may be the target of an unfair protective order. For instance, you and your spouse may be going through a divorce. Your spouse may want custody of the children and issues a protective order against you to prevent you from seeing your children. This may be a planned maneuver so that your soon-to-be ex-spouse may have favor in the divorce proceedings.
If you were unfairly issued a protective order, you need to act immediately in order to defend yourself and take legal action. Contact a Northern Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney today.
Seek Help in Responding to a Protective Order
Whether you are innocent and the subject of an improper protective order, or if you did act out in anger against your spouse as an argument heated up and turned into a shoving match, you need to respond to a protective order by speaking with an experienced Fairfax criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
You may be able to demonstrate that there is not enough evidence for the protective order or that the protective order was a legal strategy in a divorce proceeding that your spouse used to gain custody of the children. Although this process can be challenging, a skilled lawyer may be able to ultimately get the order overturned.
Whatever you do, do not ignore the protective order, or else you will be in violation of the order. Even if you know that the protective order is false, you do not want to violate it because criminal penalties and charges will follow, such as jail time, fees, and a criminal record.
If you have been charged with domestic assault and battery in Northern Virginia and were issued a protective order, you will need to respond immediately and will need an experienced Fairfax criminal defense attorney on your side to help you defend yourself. Call the Taylor Law Company at 888-209-6631 or 703-385-5529 for a complimentary consultation today.