If you or your children need orders of protection to help ensure your safety or if you were falsely accused of committing domestic violence and need help clearing yourself of these allegations, Twyford Law Office can help. Our experienced Seattle protective order lawyers know the procedures available for keeping abusers away from their victims and how to contest and win the removal of orders obtained under false pretenses.
Twyford Law Office’s family law attorneys are:
Skilled and knowledgeable in all aspects of orders of protection;
Strong and confident both in and outside of the courtroom; and
Professionals who aggressively advocate for our clients when family law and criminal law intersect.
Contact Twyford Law Office in Seattle to discuss your orders of protection. We will answer your questions and address your most pressing legal concerns.
Our Seattle Attorneys Can Help With Orders of Protection
If you need a restraining order, or are facing the ramifications of a restraining order, there are several reasons you should retain the services of an experienced family law attorney. These include, but are not limited to the following:
To extend a temporary restraining order into a permanent order of protection;
To ensure any order contains all of the restrictions that are necessary to keep you and others who will be protected by the order safe;
For assistance filling out and understanding court documents;
To motion the court when there is a violation of an existing restraining order;
Attending your restraining order hearing with an attorney by your side can be much less intimidating than going alone;
For help choosing the appropriate type of restraining order;
To organize and present your evidence in a logical, legal, and compelling manner to the court; and
To defend you in the event erroneous orders of protection are filed against you.
At Twyford Law Office, we help clients with orders of protection during some of the most difficult times of their lives. Call us now to learn more about how our experienced legal counsel can stand with you throughout your restraining order proceedings.
What Are Orders of Protection in Washington?
In Washington, an individual who feels threatened by a family member or significant other can seek orders of protection or a restraining order. Orders of protection are civil protection orders from the courts. To obtain these orders in Washington, an individual must prove there is domestic violence in their relationship.
What Is Domestic Violence?
The Domestic Violence Prevention Act defines “domestic violence” as “physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, between family or household members; sexual assault of one family or household member by another; or stalking as defined in RCW 9A.46.110 of one family or household member by another family or household member.” RCW 26.50.010.
What Can the Court Order in Orders of Protection?
The court may order many things in orders of protection, including, but not limited to:
Assessment and/or treatment for domestic violence;
Assessment and/or treatment for chemical dependency;
No contact with the victim and sometimes the children of the victim;
Use of property, such as a vehicle, personal property, or real estate;
The respondent to vacate the family home;
The respondent to pay court fees, attorney’s fees, and fines; and
The respondent to take parenting classes.
Are There Criminal Consequences to Orders of Protection?
There are no criminal consequences associated with the entry of orders of protection. However, there are criminal consequences for the violation of temporary or permanent orders of protection. Washington orders of protection can also affect an individual’s ability to find employment.
Contact an Experienced Seattle Family Law Attorney
As a full-service law firm, Twyford Law Office offers legal representation pertaining to orders of protection. If you need help filing orders of protection or defending against falsified accusations, we can help you.
For a confidential review of your case, contact Twyford Law Office today.