Restraining Orders

Ventura County Restraining Order Lawyer

What Warrants a Restraining Order in California?

Restraining orders—also known as protective orders—are issued by the court to protect alleged victims from being physically harmed, harassed, stalked, or intimidated by preventing alleged abusers from making any type of contact with their victims.

There are four main types of restraining orders: domestic violence (criminal) restraining orders, civil harassment restraining orders, dependent or elder adult restraining orders, and workplace violence restraining orders. When it comes to criminal restraining orders, there are different levels of protection.

The following are the three levels of protection offered to restraining order applicants:

  • Temporary restraining order (TRO) – The prosecutor handling a criminal case requests a TRO, which is in effect until the case concludes.
  • Permanent restraining order (PRO) – A PRO lasts up to five years. The court holds a hearing and allows both sides to present their cases to a judge.
  • Emergency protective orders (EPO) – An EPO provides short-term protection to those who apply for a PRO.

Once a restraining order is granted, a court sets a date and time for a hearing. Once a person is served, he/she has 10 to 20 days before the hearing is scheduled in order to respond.

How to Fight a Restraining Order in California?

Intentionally failing to comply with a restraining order in California results in serious penalties. The prosecution must prove that you were issued a restraining order, you knew about the order, you had the “present ability” to follow the order, and you knowingly violated the order.

Violating a restraining order is a “wobbler” offense, meaning you could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances of your case and your criminal history. A misdemeanor conviction is punishable by a maximum 364-day jail sentence and a fine not exceeding $1,000, while a felony conviction carries a prison term of up to three years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Not only can a restraining order violation lead to serious penalties but having one hanging over your head can destroy your professional reputation, negatively impact child custody proceedings, and make you lose the right to carry a firearm. At Bentley Law, we are committed to protecting your rights, reputation, and future. Whether you have been accused of a crime that warrants a restraining order or violated one, our Ventura criminal lawyer can do our best to help you avoid serious criminal penalties and get your life back on the right track.

Local Support for Restraining Orders in Ventura County

One of the common pain points for residents in Ventura County is navigating the complexities of the legal system, especially when emotions are running high. Being served with a restraining order can be daunting, but knowing your rights and the process can help alleviate some stress. The Ventura County District Attorney's Office and local law enforcement agencies, such as the Ventura Police Department, play key roles in these proceedings, ensuring that the law is upheld.

At Bentley Law, we understand the unique challenges faced by Ventura County residents who need to fight a restraining order. From the bustling city of Ventura to the serene communities of Ojai and Camarillo, we are familiar with the local dynamics and the specific needs of our clients. We know that dealing with restraining orders can be stressful and overwhelming, which is why we are committed to providing compassionate and effective legal support. Our goal is to help you navigate the legal process smoothly, protect your rights, and pursue a favorable outcome for your situation.

If you are in need of legal assistance after being served with a restraining order in Ventura County, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We can help you understand your options and take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your rights.

For more information about restraining orders in Ventura, contact us at (805) 210-8555 to schedule a free consultation.

Commonly Asked Questions

What should I do if I'm served with a restraining order in Ventura County?

If you are served with a restraining order in Ventura County, it's crucial to understand your legal obligations and rights. It's advisable to seek legal counsel immediately to ensure that you navigate the process correctly and to potentially contest the order if you believe it was unjustly issued. A qualified attorney can guide you through the legal steps and represent your interests in court.

Why should I choose Bentley Law for handling my restraining order case in Ventura?

Choosing Bentley Law for your restraining order case in Ventura means you'll be working with a dedicated legal team that is committed to protecting your rights, reputation, and future. Whether you're facing accusations that could lead to a restraining order or you've been alleged to violate one, Bentley Law aims to provide a robust defense strategy to help you avoid severe criminal penalties. With a focus on personalized attention and a deep understanding of California's legal system, Bentley Law strives to help clients navigate these challenging situations and work towards a favorable outcome.

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