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Are You a Victim of Domestic Abuse? The Law Will Protect You

June 29, 2020

What starts as a happy union of two people, filled with love and support, can sometimes descend into a nightmare when abuse is introduced into the relationship. Domestic violence can include forced sex, physical abuse, and emotional abuse, such as cruel words or threats.

The consequences for the victim are staggering — not only threatening their physical health, but their psychological health as well. That’s why if you are in an abusive relationship, take steps to protect yourself. Shapiro Law will be your strongest advocate. The laws defining domestic violence are very specific and carefully considered by the judges in each case. We know every detail of those laws, and will fight for your safety— starting with a protection order.

Protection orders are meant to keep you safe from your abuser. The police can arrest a person who violates a restraining order and charge them with a crime. Laws vary slightly by state, but restraining orders may also allow you to have sole custody of children, make an abuser move out of a shared home, and make an abuser pay your court and legal fees.

Common types of restraining orders include:

  • Emergency restraining order. The police may issue this if you are in immediate danger or cannot get to the courthouse right away to file a more permanent restraining order. It usually expires after a few days.
  • Temporary restraining order. A judge may issue this to help keep you safe in the time before your case goes to court. Temporary restraining orders usually last for about 14 days.
  • No-contact order. A judge may issue this if the case goes to court and the abuser is charged with a crime. It is a punishment for a crime and it means the abuser may not have any contact with you. A no-contact order can last for a short or long time, depending on the facts of your case. 
  • Domestic violence restraining order. A judge may issue this after a court hearing. A domestic violence restraining order lasts longer than emergency or temporary restraining orders, possibly for several years.

Protecting your rights — and your safety — are our top priorities

If you believe you are a victim of domestic abuse, contact the office of Shapiro Law to arrange for a consultation. We will work for your interests and ensure your legal rights are protected. For more information, give us a call today.

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Existing Clients: (713) 664-6651
New Clients: (713) 454-7678