It’s one thing to be a victim of domestic violence yourself, but it’s even more frightening and stressful when your closest loved ones become victims of the same harassment. Inevitably, your family and friends will be affected inadvertently because they are witnessing you become damaged mentally, physically, and/or even emotionally.
Taking legal action to bring those abusive circumstances to a stop can greatly benefit you and your family. In fact, having one of the top domestic violence lawyers on your side to guide you through the process of filing the appropriate paperwork and representing you accordingly in the court of law can help you move forward with your life in a safe and positive direction.
What Does a Restraining Order Do Exactly?
A restraining order helps to protect you and your loved ones from experiencing further abuse from the other party. It’s a legal binding order that’s approved by a judge to ban the abuser from contacting you, being with a certain distance of your home or workplace, and even your vehicle.
As you can imagine, this will help prevent any physical abuse from continuing if that was what you were experiencing before, but it can also bring any mental and emotional abuse to a halt by banning all communication between the both of you.
If the respondent decides to disobey the order, there are many hefty legal consequences that they will have to face, which helps to enforce the order. The penalties for violating a restraining order vary quite a bit depending on whether it’s the first or subsequent violation, and whether you or your loved ones had suffered a physical injury stemming from the violation.
The violator may have to serve up to three years in the California state prison for a felony, and up to one year in a county jail for a misdemeanor. Not to mention they could end up facing:
2.Responsibility for victim restitution (counseling and/or medical expenses that accrued because of the violation)
3.Relinquishment of any firearms and the inability to acquire any new ones while they are under the restraining order
Provide a Sense of Safety and Relief For Yourself and Your Family
As you can see, the penalties that follow violating a restraining order can definitely deter your abuser from continuing their ill-mannered behavior. This can provide a newfound sense of safety for not just you, but the people that you care about most.
Plus, when you have a domestic violence attorney right by your side throughout the entire process, you can rest assured that everything will be handled correctly from the start. You won’t have to worry about missing any steps while filing, showing up to court without the appropriate evidence to prove your case, or stress about the safety of you and your family while handling your lawsuit.
When overcoming a case of domestic violence, no matter whether the act happened once or multiple times, you should be focused on repairing your mental, physical, and emotional health to become the best person that you can be once again. Your friends and family should be there to support you throughout that healing process as well, rather than worrying about their safety as well as yours.
Let us help you find that sense of relief and safety by kickstarting the process with a quick consultation today.