A Compassionate Attorney Advocating For Victims Of Abuse
Orders of protection provide protection from alleged abusers by generally requiring them to cease contact with and/or physically stay away from their victims. At Candace M. Williams, P.C., I understand how important this legal tool is, which is why I am dedicated to taking the necessary legal steps to secure orders of protection to help protect victims of abuse, those who are afraid they may be abused as well as those who fear that loved ones of theirs are being or could be abused.
It’s very important to understand that many states offer different types of orders of protection, which may be known as restraining orders, orders of protection or injunctions, depending on the state’s laws. Additionally, every state has its own set of rules governing restraining orders that places different sets of restrictions on accused abusers, including but not limited to who they are required to stay away from, how far they need to stay away and for how long.
If you have questions about your rights or need help navigating this complex process, I can help you and your family seek the protection you need and deserve.
Understanding Orders Of Protection: What Are My Rights?
Although Georgia has its own set of rules regarding orders of protection – which may vary from other states – each state and territory in the United States recognizes orders issued by other states and territories. In general, here are the different types of orders of protection that may be issued in civil as well as criminal cases:
- Stay-away provisions: This type of order places a limit on how close someone can be in proximity to you. In other words, the order tells that person how far away they are required to stay in order to meet the terms of the order. They are often required to stay away from the other person’s home, workplace and/or school, and this order can be extended to protect any children living in the victim’s home as well, if necessary.
- Cease abuse provisions: This type of provision orders an alleged abuser to terminate threats of abuse and/or mental or physical abuse of a person, child or children within a specific household.
- No-contact provisions: This type of order prevents an individual from attempting to contact a protected person by means of in-person contact, phone, email, mail, computer or a third party.
In addition to preventing an alleged abuser from contacting the victim and/or being around the victim, some orders of protection may also require the alleged abuser to forfeit – or turn over – their weapons as an added layer of protection. Some orders also require the alleged abuser to make spousal or child support payments. Some states have additional provisions that allow the victim to take possession of any vehicles or shared living spaces with the alleged abuser.
In most cases, a family court is responsible for issuing orders of protection – particularly in cases involving partners or spouses – but it’s important to keep in mind that different courts may issue orders, depending on the state.
If You Are A Victim Of Abuse Or Fear That You Are In Danger, Call Now
If you need help understanding exactly how orders of protection work in Georgia, you need me to explain how an order from another state will be enforced here in Georgia or you need help starting the process of seeking an order of protection for you and your family, I am here to answer all your questions and provide trusted support.
To schedule a consultation at my Gainesville office, call 470-705-5442 or contact me online. I will use my skill and experience to help you find an effective solution to protect you against future harm.