Newport Beach Domestic Violence Attorney
Protection Against Domestic Abuse in CA
The family unit was designed to be the safest place for people to be their true selves and receive unconditional love and support. Sadly, this is not always the case, and what should be the most protective and comforting of relationships can sometimes become the most dangerous situations. Does your partner act possessive and jealous of you, and do you often need to change your actions, words, or expressions because you are worried about how they might react? Do you ever feel like you are being controlled or cut off, or like every decision you make is like walking on eggshells?
If these scenarios apply to you in any form, you should contact our compassionate domestic violence lawyer in Newport Beach. The Law Office of Timothy M. Ghobrial wants you to know that we are right by your side.
Call us today at (949) 751-1420 to find out how we can guard you with orders of protection.
Domestic Abuse in California
In the state of California, the term "abuse" is defined quite broadly, to include both traditional forms of physical abuse as well as other types of mental and emotional abuse.
Among a range of cruel and oppressive behaviors, forms of abuse include:
- Any method of inflicting physical pain, or attempt to cause pain
- Forcing someone to participate in sexual behavior or acts
- Making anyone feel reasonably scared for their physical, emotional, or mental safety through threats or warnings of harm
- Behavior or mannerisms that are harassing in nature
- Any form of stalking
- Threatening to inflict pain on someone else close to the victim
- Disturbing the peace
- Destruction of property or taking away property as a form of punishment
- Abusing family pets
Receiving a Domestic Restraining Order
An order of protection can safeguard you and other vulnerable family members, like your children, from an abuser. In the state of California, you are required by law to either have a biological or a close and intimate relationship with the perpetrator to file. This does not need to be a current relationship, since you can still file for an order of protection against your ex-spouse even if they have moved away from the home after a divorce.
The order will work by dictating that the individual is restrained from approaching you or contacting you. The abuser will also be forced to stay away not only from your home but also your place of work, whether you are there or not. Importantly, an order of protection when vulnerable parties are involved, especially children, can protect them from being approached by the abuser as well.
The Duration of Orders of Protection
If you have an emergency restraining order, this tends to last for about five days only. However, you can get a longer temporary order of protection for about two weeks. Once you get a hearing at a court, there is a possibility of permanently extending this order, all dependent upon the individual circumstances and facts of every case.
Seek Legal Advocacy From a Domestic Violence Attorney
When you are struggling through domestic abuse, it can feel like you are all on your own. However, there are sources available to come to your aid, and at The Law Office of Timothy M. Ghobrial, we are dedicated to offering protection to you and your loved ones.
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