A victim of a domestic violence crime can seek a protective order against the alleged abuser to prevent any further contact. Protective orders can severely impact the life and freedom of the individual subject to the order. If a protective order has been sought against you, it is important to consult with a King County domestic violence attorney immediately to get the order dismissed.
What Is a Protective Order and When Is It Issued?
Protective orders are petitions made to the court to prevent or stop threatening behavior by the alleged perpetrator of the domestic violence charge. For the court to issue the order, the victim and the alleged abuser must be in one of the relationships described under Washington State’s domestic violence statutes.
In order for the victim to successfully file a protective order, he or she needs to present sufficient evidence to convince the court that the alleged offender has abused or seriously threatened the individual filing the petition.
If your King County domestic violence attorney can show there is insufficient evidence to prove that you abused or harassed the petitioner, the court cannot approve the protective order petition.
Consequences of a Protective Order
If the court approves the petition for a protective order, the individual that the order is sought against must stop the abuse and may also be required to:
- Attend domestic violence counseling or anger management
- Keep a certain distance from the alleged victim and his or her premises
- Vacate the shared residence with the victim
- Pay spousal and/or child support
- Pay other fines, including the victim’s bills and expenses
Violating the Terms of the Protective Order
If the court has issued a protective order, your attorney will advise you to follow all the requirements. Violating any term of the order is a violation of the law and can result in criminal penalties.
For more information about protective orders or to schedule a free consultation with King County domestic violence attorney South King County criminal attorney , please call today at (253) 709-5050.