Courts in Arizona take allegations of domestic violence extremely seriously. When you are charged with an act of violence or threat against a household member, you may face misdemeanor or felony charges. In addition to preparing for criminal proceedings, you may need to defend yourself against protective orders. These orders can immediately impact your freedom of movement, your right to communicate with the alleged victim, and even your ability to continue living at home.
A Tolleson protective orders lawyer can provide the representation you need to preserve your way of life. At Grand Canyon Law Group, our former prosecutors know how to represent people facing criminal accusations. Our dedicated defense attorneys are committed to fighting for you and your rights.
Many protective orders are issued once a person is arrested for domestic abuse. However, anyone can apply for a protective order at any time. Those alleging family violence, stalking, sexual assault, or human trafficking can apply or file a petition on behalf of their children.
Arizona Revised Statute § 13-3601 gives courts the authority to create protective orders. These orders can remain in effect until the end of the criminal case. If the case results in a conviction, the court can extend these orders for the foreseeable future. Our experienced attorneys in Tolleson can provide more information about the legal basis for protective orders and the potential impact on a person’s life.
When a person files a petition at the local court, the court will set a date for a hearing to determine the facts of the case. The first hearing often involves only the alleged victim stating their case to the judge. The judge will then determine if contact between the alleged victim and the defendant will likely result in further violence or threats.
If the court issues a temporary order, a defendant can contest it. During the hearing on the protective order, the petitioner will be able to present evidence and testimony as to why they fear further harm from the defendant. This can include medical records, photographs, and written threats.
The defendant and their local protective orders attorney may also present any information they want the court to consider. Our skilled lawyers can also cross-examine the petitioner in open court to discredit their testimony and argue that the defendant is not a threat.
A court’s issuance of a protective order can have a serious and long-term effect on your life. These orders can destroy your relationship with your family and force you to leave your home. In these situations, you need a Tolleson protective orders lawyer to protect you.
Grand Canyon Law Group can defend you in a hearing to prevent a protective order from becoming permanent. Our relentless attorneys can also provide representation against any underlying criminal charges. We believe you have a way of life worth saving. Contact us today to learn how we can fight for you.