Skilled Representation In Cases Involving Protective Orders
A protective order filed against you can throw every part of your life out of balance. Your home, work and family can all be effectively taken away from you. It is important to take the process seriously and put up a strong defense if someone is petitioning for a protective order against you.
At Lawrence, Smith and Gardner, our attorneys help clients address the issues presented in a protective order petition. Our firm handles all aspects of criminal defense, including cases involving domestic violence allegations and claims of household or family abuse. If you are facing criminal charges or have had a petition for a protective order filed against you, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. We have the experience you need.
Types Of Protective Orders
There are three categories of protective order in Virginia. The first, an Emergency Protective Order (EPO), is often requested by law enforcement after an arrest on charges of family abuse or violence. In some cases, the alleged victim is the one asking for the EPO. Regardless, the order is temporary and will last either 72 hours, or until the next time court is in session, whichever is longer.
The second type of protective order is a Preliminary Protective Order (PPO). These orders last a bit longer, going either 15 days or until a Protective Order hearing can be scheduled. Like the EPO, the accused person does not necessarily get to attend the hearing where the order is handed down.
The most serious and disruptive form of protective order is the Permanent Protective Order (PPO). These orders are given by judges and can last for two years, plus the possibility of multiple two-year extensions. If such an order is filed against you, you could be required to avoid any contact with the respondent members of his or her household, as well as having to meet other conditions deemed necessary by the judge. In short, you can lose access to your home and family for years at a time.
You Need A Lawyer To Protect Your Rights
Most people understand that they need an attorney when facing criminal charges. They do not always recognize just how serious an issue protective orders can be. Whether you face charges for domestic violence or not, you need strong representation in the petition for a protective order against you. You deserve the chance to present a proper defense before your home and family are taken away from you. In addition, protective orders can often lead to additional legal trouble down the line. It is vital to present an aggressive defense from the beginning.