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RESTRAINING ORDERS – Sanford Horowitz Criminal Defense, P.C.
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If a restraining order is being filed against you, it’s important to have an experienced Ventura defense attorney on your side. Sanford Horowitz Criminal Defense, P.C. has defended numerous clients throughout Ventura County who have been faced with a variety of charges, including assault and battery, domestic violence, probation violations, and restraining order petitions.
Ventura – Fighting A Restraining Order Petition
If a civil restraining order has been filed against you, perhaps someone in a non-familial, platonic relationship with you feels that you have harassed them. This type of restraining order is common among neighbors and coworkers.
Throughout his time defending clients throughout Ventura County, Sanford Horowitz has found that many restraining order petitions are faulty.
If you are facing a possible restraining order, your personal and professional life, reputation, and livelihood could be at stake. Not to mention, violating a restraining order could result in hefty fines and even jail time. The good news is that most courts will call for temporary restraining orders before making them permanent.
Here are a few defenses that may be used to help your case:
- Proof that the petitioner has made false accusations
- Lack of sufficient evidence of violence/aggressive behavior provided by the so-called victim
- No evidence of harassing, abusive, or otherwise characteristics in defendant
Additionally, the defendant may be able to rely on his or her own spotless criminal record, the alleged victim’s medical records, and witness testimonies.
Or, perhaps you have been charged with violating a restraining order. Those who are issued restraining orders are in violation of the law if they appear at the victim’s residence, workplace, or any place he or she frequents. Contacting the petitioner via phone calls, text, email, or social media is also considered violating the court order.
The consequences of violating a restraining order are serious. You could be arrested, forced to pay a fine, and/or serve a jail sentence.
Ventura – Filing a Restraining Order
It’s important to note that when you explain your situation to law enforcement, you must provide details and proof justifying your need for the restraining order. Your safety will depend on it. You should take note of any incidents where you have been stalked, abused, or threatened to increase the chances of having your petition granted, as the court will need evidence to determine whether or not your safety has been compromised.
Alternatively, if you are not a victim of domestic violence or stalking, you can choose to file a civil harassment restraining order against a person who is not a family member or romantic relation, such as a neighbor who regularly disturbs you.
However you got to where you are, Santa Barbara and Ventura defense attorney Sanford Horowitz Criminal Defense, P.C. knows the law and the best strategies for your defense. We have extensive experience representing clients throughout the Ventura area and want to help you understand the charges you are facing as well as what your rights are under the law. If you’d like to schedule a consultation about your case, call 805-452-7214 or fill out this contact form.