Love can hurt, but it does not have to! A Family Violence Protective Order or Restraining Order is an order issued by a court to protect an individual or individuals from violence and/or stalking from a spouse, family member or roommate.
Temporary Protective Orders offer essential protection for individuals who fear for their safety or the safety of their children. Victims of family violence, abuse, stalking or harassment should never have to endure such dangers that jeopardize the family’s safety and well-being. The Alfred Law Firm will help you obtain a TPO that prevents a violent or abusive party from engaging in the harmful behaviors that warranted a TPO being issued.
However, Temporary Protective Orders can also be misused and abused by individuals who file for the wrong reasons, including retaliation for a break up, or to give them an edge in a pending or future divorce or custody action. In such instances, we step in to defend individuals against abusive or unwarranted TPOs.
Who can get a family violence protective order?
A person and/or a minor child who has experienced an act of family violence by:
- A past or present spouse
- A parent, step-parent, foster parent
- A child, step-child, foster child
- A roommate or former roommate
What qualifies as an “act of violence”?
- A felony
- Simple battery
- Unlawful restraint
- Criminal damage to property
- Criminal trespass
TPOs can be in effect for three (3), six (6) or twelve (12) months depending on the facts of the case, and they may carry some civil as well as criminal consequences, such as the loss of your right to possess a firearm.
If you need help prosecuting or defending a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Cherokee, Paulding, Bartow, Clayton, Douglas, Floyd, Newton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Polk, Carroll and Henry county, call us for a free consultation at 404-494-0027 to discuss your case.