Domestic Violence Lawyer Los Angeles County
Domestic Violence and California Restraining Orders
- EPO - Emergency Protection Order
Issued by police at the time of arrest, an EPO forbids a defendant from going near the alleged victim. An EPO lasts 5-7 days and can result in the temporary loss of child custody and place of residence.
- TRO – Temporary Restraining Order
Sought by a victim through domestic court and is effective for up to several weeks until a court hearing.
- PRO- Permanent Restraining Order
Lasts up to 5 years upon the order of a judge. Requires a defendant to remain at least 100 yards away from a victim. Forbids all contact, including letters, telephone calls and e-mails.
Source: California Law
Los Angeles Domestic Violence Lawyer Daniel E. Kann understands the embarrassment, anger and frustration that often come with being accused of domestic violence. Too often, such charges are filed amid a custody battle or pending divorce. Frequently they are unwarranted.
In 2008, law enforcement responded to 166,343 domestic violence calls in California. Of those 65,218 involved a weapon, although fewer than 5,000 involved a gun or knife. Your criminal defense attorney will need to contest allegations of a weapon -- or what law enforcement categorizes as “other dangerous weapon” – which often amounts to thrown dishes but can seriously impact your case without proper legal representation.
Whether charged as a felony or misdemeanor, domestic violence allegations are very serious and can lead to an immediate eviction from your home (in cases involving restraining orders), an inability to see your children, job loss, loss of reputation and strained relationships with family and friends.
A conviction for domestic violence will also prohibit you from owning or carrying a firearm and prevent you from holding certain jobs.
Immediately consulting a Los Angeles defense attorney is essential to protecting your rights. Your defense can be greatly assisted by hiring a qualified defense firm as soon as possible, so that we can begin investigating your case and building your defense. Additionally, strict time limits apply for challenging restraining orders. Once in place, a restraining order can prevent you from returning home or visiting your children for the remainder of a domestic violence case.
Domestic violence charges handled by The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann include:
If you are facing a domestic violence charge in the Los Angeles area, contact Daniel E. Kann for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.