If you are the victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, it’s essential to seek help immediately. That help can come in the form of an order of protection — also known as a restraining order — which prevents the abuser from coming into contact with you. At Grant & Sain, PLLC, in Jackson, we advocate for the safety of clients who are victims of domestic abuse or are threatened with harm. You can trust us to take action promptly aimed at ensuring your safety and that of your children. While most orders of protection are justified, there are times when a heated custody or divorce battle leads to false accusations against an innocent party, so we may also represent clients who have been served with an order of protection.
As experienced family lawyers, we strive to help victims of domestic abuse get the protection they need as quickly as possible. We can seek orders of protection when you have been physically abused or threatened with harm by:
We can act promptly in filing for a temporary protection order (TPO), which is designed to protect you in the short term — for 15 days or until we can help you obtain an extended protection order (EPO), which lasts for up to a year and can be prolonged if needed. A TPO can be issued without the alleged abuser’s knowledge (although law enforcement will notify that party that a TPO has been obtained), but an EPO can only be issued after a full court hearing where both sides can offer testimony.
Protection orders provide a variety of protections. They can:
It is important that the court tailor the order to the specific circumstances, especially when children are affected. If you are seeking to obtain or to enforce an order, we will bring all necessary information to the court’s attention and use our best efforts to ensure you are fully protected. If you are accused of violating an order of protection, we will zealously represent you in the proceeding against you.
If you are served with an order of protection, you must comply with it, even if you feel it is unjust, or you may face civil and/or criminal penalties. We represent family law clients who have been issued orders of protection during custody and divorce disputes. We understand that heated arguments over these sensitive issues can be misconstrued or blown out of context. You can rely on us to advocate for your rights by seeking a modification or termination of the order based on presentation of strong countervailing evidence.
Trust Grant & Sain, PLLC, your local law firm in West Tennessee, to help you capably and compassionately when you need an order of protection or need one enforced, dissolved or modified. To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys in our Jackson office, call 731-256-7477 or contact us online.