Protective Order Attorney in Arlington, VA
May Law LLP deals with a lot of criminal charges, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony. A criminal conviction can affect your life in lasting ways, and can even affect your family members, so we take these matters very seriously. When you are falsely accused, not only is the legal system failing you, but your family is suffering.
May Law LLP has been serving clients since 1995, in Fairfax, Virginia and practice across Northern Virginia. From dealing with civil litigation, contract law, criminal law, employment law, business law, alcohol beverage control law to family law, there is a lawyer at May Law LLP that can serve as your protective order lawyer in Arlington, VA.
When you are served a protective order, you should comply with that order, no matter if you believe you deserve to be under the order or not. Not complying will cause you more trouble in the long run, especially if the order was made under false or exaggerated pretenses.
When you receive notice of a protective order, that’s been filed against you, you should also receive a list of terms for that order, and you should follow every term on that order. Judges set different terms dependent upon what the order is being filed for, such as “no contact” orders to simple “no phone calls or visits” orders. Remember, when you are in Virginia, if you do not obey or comply with these terms, it is a crime with potential jail time and extremely heavy fines.
Until you can attend a hearing to defend yourself, you want to stay quiet, obey the order, and gather your defense. If you violate a protective order, you may not only find yourself with criminal consequences but also civil ones, and as such you could find yourself losing rights, jail time, or fines.
When a judge determines the order should be listed with a “no contact” clause, that means no contact–no phone calls, visits, or using other people to visit and contact the person that petitioned for the order. Doing so can be considered breaking the order.
Often these order terms are requested by the petitioner.
May Law LLP knows how damaging protective orders can be, and how they can affect your rights. However, it is important that you follow the terms set forth, until you have a chance to tell your side of the story in court.
Some restrictions and conditions you may find in a protective order are below, this list is not exhaustive and do not treat it as such:
-You may find restrictions against behaving violently, forcefully or threateningly.
-You could have extremely limited contact, to no contact between you and the petitioner.
-Sometimes the above restrictions may have clauses such as moving out of a shared house, or giving up custody of your pet, or even having to alter visitation with children.
-The petitioner will most likely be able to file to keep any pets in the house, especially if documentation of these animals is in their name.
-You may be required to pay certain bills or let go of certain properties.
Reach out to May Law LLP to discuss what you can do about your restraining order today.