Washington Protection Orders Lawyer
Domestic violence has been the subject of legislation and news coverage for many years. Protection orders are one tool to stop or prevent it. But many people are unaware that they are not just for domestic relationships. A co-worker can be prevented from contacting or threatening you, for example.
At the law office of Gilson-Moreau & Associates, P.S., our Washington protection order lawyers realize that people frequently think of married couples or lovers in this context. But people in a wide variety of relationships use protection orders where violence or threats are present. Family members, roommates, neighbors, and co-workers should consider seeking safety. Men, not just women, can get restraining orders.
A temporary protection order/restraining order lasts only a few days, and the subject of the order has a chance to tell his or her side of the story and why a temporary one should not be extended. It is possible to extend or even make the order permanent under certain conditions.
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What actions can be prevented? A person who has harmed or threatened you can be prohibited from:
- Stalking you
- Visiting your home
- Possessing a firearm
- Calling or e-mailing you
- Going near your workplace or school
- Or otherwise contacting you
Children are particularly vulnerable, and you owe it to yourself and them to take action. Letting the subject know that their actions are known to authorities and legally prohibited usually convinces them to behave.
Contact a Domestic Dispute Resolution Attorney
We understand the urgency of your situation and the fear you may be experiencing. Our lawyers are here to advise you on your options and guide you to safety. The law takes violence and threats seriously, and so do we. Call a Washington domestic violence attorney at 425-462-2226 or contact our family law office online.