Orange County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Restraining Order Defense Lawyers in Orange County

If you have been accused of stalking, harassment or domestic violence, it is possible that a restraining order has been or will be issued against you. This could mean you may have to move out of the home that you share with the victim, that you will be unable to see your children, or that you will be unable to come into contact with the victim. An attorney can help you if you have found yourself in this situation.

At Coffey & Coffey, you can work with an Orange County criminal defense lawyer at our firm and contest the restraining order that has been filed against you. If you have been served notice of a temporary restraining order, there will be a hearing held at court, during which a judge will determine whether or not a restraining order is actually necessary. You will have 10 to 20 days before the hearing to file an answer to the victim’s allegations. By working with a skilled defense lawyer from the onset, you have a chance to have professional representation at the hearing – enabling you to get a better outcome and possibly have the restraining order dismissed.

Restraining Order Violations in Orange County

Violating a restraining order, temporary protective order or other court order is a serious criminal offense. An attorney may be your only hope if you are accused of a restraining order violation, as an attorney will be able to protect your rights, prove that you did not willfully violate the order or help you obtain a lessened sentence rather than face maximum penalties. We welcome you to contact an Orange County criminal defense attorney at Coffey & Coffey for a free case evaluation regarding your restraining order.

A restraining order is issued in an effort to offer legal protection to an alleged victim of abuse, domestic violence or stalking. This is a formal court order which prohibits the accused from coming within a certain distance of the victim or his or her home or place of employment. Additionally, the accused cannot contact the alleged victim by phone, mail, email or other means. If a person violates any of the terms of his or her restraining order, he or she will be found in contempt of the court. This can result in their immediate arrest along with criminal charges being filed – and jail time is a potential penalty, particularly if the victim suffers injury as a result of the restraining order violation.

Contact an Orange County restraining order defense attorney at Coffey & Coffey today!