Defense Against Restraining Orders

Orange County, CA Defense Attorney

In California, you don't have to be charged with or arrested for domestic violence to face consequences of a restraining order. Anyone can request a restraining order if they feel they are under serious risk of attack or assault, and if it is approved, the consequences on your life and reputation can be severe. If you face a hearing for a restraining order, it is crucial to have an Anaheim domestic violence lawyer in your corner to ensure that your rights are protected.

At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, we know the stress and frustration of facing a domestic violence restraining order. Our primary attorney, Mr. Gibbs, has more than 30 years of experience practicing law in the local court systems. Throughout his career, he has handled over 2,500 cases and secured dismissals in more than 1,100 of them. He is prepared to not only fight your restraining order, but to help you face any criminal charges or penalties that may result from it.

How can a restraining order affect me?

Restraining orders are no small matter; they can impact your life in numerous ways. According to the California Courts, there are three different types of orders that can be including within a domestic violence restraining order. Each of these categories can include multiple different orders. Those categories are: personal conduct orders, stay-away orders and residence exclusion orders.

Personal conduct orders can include orders for the respondent to cease activities such as stalking, harassment, disruption of the peace, battering and more. Stay-away orders can force the respondent to stay a certain distance away from a person or persons. The respondent may be forced to stay away from the protected person's home, place of work and their vehicle. Residence exclusion orders can force a person out of their current place of residence.

Additional consequences of a restraining order can include:

  • You lose your right to firearm possession
  • You could potentially lose custody of your children
  • Your risk of arrest is heightened; any violation or confrontation could land you in jail
  • Your reputation can be destroyed, making it difficult to maintain and build new relationships
  • The order goes on your public record, which could negatively affect employment opportunities and resident applications

There is much at stake when it comes to restraining orders, so it is essential to hire an Anaheim criminal defense lawyer who can fight for your right to live your life freely. If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence and issued a restraining order, we are prepared to help you take action before your reputation and livelihood is ruined.

Steps to Fighting a Restraining Order

While it is relatively easy to obtain a restraining order, it is only official and permanent after it has been approved by a judge at a hearing. This means that you do have an opportunity to fight it. Upon receiving a notice of a restraining order, it is essential that you remain calm. Any reaction that is temperamental or disrespectful may only serve to further incriminate your character.

Our domestic violence attorney can ensure that you take necessary action to respond to the order within a timely manner and can help you prepare for your hearing. It is essential that you comply with the order before the hearing date and abide by any rules it sets out. This can include avoiding contact with protected individuals and remaining a certain distance away from them and defined locations.

This is important not only because violations can result in contempt of court charges, but also because your ability to adhere to the terms of a restraining order can prove to a court that you have no ill-intentions. When attending the hearing, you can show good character through promptness and politeness. Meanwhile, we can help gather evidence to build a strong argument against your order.

Contact Our Firm Today for a Free Consultation

If you have received a restraining order on grounds of domestic violence, your first step should be to contact a criminal defense attorney in Orange County from The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs. We have the experience and effectiveness that you need to ensure that your right to freedom and your reputation are upheld. Attorney Gibbs has made it his mission to advocate on behalf of accused individuals to ensure that they have a fair chance to defend themselves.

Call us to take immediate action. We will review your case for free!