When disagreements between spouses or loved ones escalate to threats or acts of violence, a protective order may be the best way to ensure a family’s safety. A protective order is a very powerful legal instrument. Anyone who has an order of protection against him or her can be barred from entering a home or making contact with the victims. In addition, a protective order can establish temporary child custody and child support arrangements. Therefore, if someone has sought a protective order against you, it is crucial to understand just how much is on the line. In either event, it is essential to work closely with a skilled attorney throughout this process. I am Dennis A. Fuller. I help victims of family violence seek protective orders. I also defend people who have been falsely accused of abuse.
HOW DOES ONE SEEK A PROTECTIVE ORDER?
In Texas, if a judge receives evidence that someone is facing a “clear and present danger” of family violence, he or she can issue a temporary protective order. This order can only be in effect for 20 days. The judge must give the alleged abuser a chance to defend him or herself in a hearing. If, in this hearing, the judge believes there remains a threat, the judge can issue a final protective order of up to a year.
If you and your spouse are going through or contemplating divorce, a protective order or restraining order will have a major impact on how your divorce is resolved. Stated plainly, if there is a protective order against you, you will be at a real disadvantage in any custody dispute.
PUTTING DECADES OF EXPERIENCE BEHIND EVERY CASE
Prior to focusing my career on family law and divorce, I worked as both a defense lawyer and an Assistant District Attorney in Dallas County. Consequently, I understand domestic violence cases from all perspectives. This provides meaningful benefits to people who are seeking protective orders, as well as people defending themselves against them. I will be prepared to make a strong argument to the court in support of your position.
CONTACT DENNIS A. FULLER, ATTORNEY AT LAW
Call my Dallas-based law firm at 972-852-8500 to schedule a consultation.