Protection Orders - The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.
A protection order, often called a restraining order, is like a wolf in sheep's clothing. It is an order to stay away from another person which is simple enough. But it is also a black mark on a person's record. It can leave a person a “sitting duck” for a criminal arrest and criminal charge. Sometimes it can terminate a career or have the effect of kicking a student out of school. Or it can be used maliciously and unfairly against you.
It's Easy to Get a Restraining Order with Only One Side of the Story
A protection order can be obtained solely on the word of another person and without notice to you. All the person needs to do is go to court and say she/he has been abused with no other evidence or corroboration. The standard for the court to issue a protection order is low. Telling your side of the story comes only after you are surprised by service of a protection.
Protection Orders are the First Step Toward an Arrest
Protection orders create a lot of hardship and risk for the restrained person. Suddenly, just going home at the wrong time or an innocent text message can trigger a violation and a call to the police. Doing nothing wrong at all can still give rise to malicious claims of violating a protection order. Entrapment can occur too. A false allegation of assault while a protection order is in place can lead to a felony assault charge. It can lead prosecutor and judges to assume guilt if a future false domestic violence claim is made.
A Protection Order Violation Accusation Can Lead to Arrest
It's not “just a protection order.” That is a minimization that your accuser wants you and the court to believe. In fact, alleged violations of a court order, can lead to immediate arrest and criminal charges. The accused receives little leniency from prosecutors until a protection order defense attorney steps in to fight for you. This is why it's vital to understand the seriousness of “just a protection order” and know how fight one in a court of law.
We have helped many people to get protection order petitions dismissed.
A court of law is intimidating for an unrepresented person and that doesn't put you in a strong position to be your own advocate. Showing up at court alone to tell the judge what you have to say and expect the court will agree that your accuser is lying is a very disadvantaged position. We've watched the unrepresented try to defend themselves in court and the vast majority of these individuals don't win. While your accuser may have simply said things without proof, being a respondent is a totally different position; a weaker position. But that can be turned around, if done correctly. There are rules to be leveraged to your advantage to make sure that your story is presented in the strongest and most persuasive way. We know how to do that because we defend domestic violence protection orders every day.
We are experienced Seattle restraining order attorneys.
Most protection orders in King County get handled in King County Superior Court in Seattle. This court does a high volume of domestic violence restraining order hearings daily. We are restraining order attorneys based in Seattle where the highest volume of domestic violence restraining orders are heard. With that experience, smaller counties and municipalities are no problem for us.
To be protected in a court of law, it's imperative to call a restraining order attorney who is also a domestic violence lawyer. The timeline for preparing a hearing is 14 days or less.
We can step in quickly, call us now 206 933-2414