Protective Order Attorney in San Antonio
Helping Victims of Domestic Abuse & Assault
No one should have to endure abuse, assault, or violence. If you are the victim of any kind of domestic abuse, you can protect yourself by applying for a protective order (PO).
At The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, PLLC, we represent the victims of domestic violence and child abuse by helping them obtain protective orders to stop the abuse and keep abusers away. Our protective order lawyer in San Antonio can also represent you if you have been accused of abuse and are facing a protective order hearing.
What Does a Protective Order Do?
Protective orders are issued to the victims of violence, stalking, and sexual assault or harassment.
POs order an abuser to:
- Stop hurting, threatening, or harassing the victim(s)
- Stay away from the victim(s), including their home, their workplace, their family members, and their school
- Refrain from carrying a gun (even if they are licensed to do so)
The judge issuing a protective order can also include other terms, such as provisions to order the abuser to submit to drug tests, to kick the abuser out of their home, or to adjust their child custody and visitation rights.
How to Obtain a Protective Order
If you or your child is the victim of violence or abuse, you should always call the police if you fear imminent harm. From there, you can call our San Antonio protective order attorney for guidance and support. We can help you file a request for a protective order with the appropriate court and help you gather evidence to prove that you are in danger.
The duration of a PO varies and depends on factors such as:
- The extent of the abuse
- Whether children were involved
- Whether an arrest was made
- Whether the abuser has a history of violence
- The likelihood of future abuse
Many POs for domestic violence last two years but can remain in effect forever if the judge decides so.
What is a Temporary Restraining Order & How Long Does it Last?
It is important to have a protective order in effect before your court date so that your family can remain safe. A temporary restraining order (TRO) allows you to gain protection until your hearing is held. Normally, a TRO will last you 14 days or until you are able to see a judge. Speak with our attorney today to learn more about this.