Commack Order of Protection Lawyer
Domestic violence is a serious problem that often leads to the breakdown of a marriage. When there is evidence of such violence, a judge can issue a restraining order against the offending party. But the victim needs to stand up and take action to obtain such relief.
An experienced Commack order of protection lawyer can help if you or your children are at risk for domestic violence. The Law Office of Joshua Adam Kittenplan, P.C., represents clients who need to seek a restraining order against their abusers. We understand this is an emotionally sensitive time for your family, which is why we strive to provide professional advice and assistance in walking you through the legal process.
How Orders of Protection Work in New York
An order of protection is basically a legal document signed by a judge that limits the behavior of one person who has threatened or actually harmed another person. There are many circumstances where a judge may need to issue such restraining orders. In the context of family law, orders of protection are commonly used to prevent or stop domestic violence.
A Commack judge can issue an issue of protection as part of a civil proceeding. Such orders are only available when the person requesting the order is involved in a specific type of relationship with the person they are seeking the order against. Specifically, you can ask for a restraining order against any of the following:
- Your current or former spouse;
- Another person with whom you have a common child;
- A family member, i.e., someone you are related to be either blood or marriage; or
- A person with whom you are or, or have been, involved in an “intimate relationship,” including someone you have dated.
If the judge grants an order of protection, it may be a “full” or “limited” order. A full order basically means the other party is required to “stay away” from you and make no contact, either directly or through a third party. A limited order allows the other person to maintain some forms of contact but prohibits certain offending acts, such as harassment or stalking. In order of protection cases, a judge may also give the petitioner custody of any common children and require the other party to make child support payments.
Contact Attorney Joshua Adam Kittenplan Today
While an order of protection is a civil matter, a violation can trigger a charge of criminal contempt, which may lead to jail time. Orders of protection can last for several years, so it is important to work with an attorney who understands this area of law and will work with you to fashion an appropriate remedy for your particular situation.
Seeking protection is often a difficult step for people involved in an abusive relationship. But you do not have to face this process alone. Our skilled Commack orders of protection attorneys are here to provide you with legal advice and advocate your best interests in court. So if you need to speak with a lawyer, contact the Law Office of Joshua Adam Kittenplan, P.C., today to schedule a free consultation.