Rhode Island Domestic Violence Lawyer
Rhode Island Family Law Attorneys – 401-400-4254
At TJC • ESQ, our Rhode Island domestic violence attorneys provide the insight that comes with years of experience in dealing with abuse cases. Know that you do not have to do this alone. We want to help you through this difficult time by providing both moral and legal support.
We can help protect you and your rights by:
Filing restraining order paperwork on your behalf.
Helping you enforce restraining orders after they have been violated.
Providing counsel for court hearings.
Discussing your options for divorce or separation.
If time is of the essence and our staff is currently preoccupied with other emergency family law situations, you can ask for assistance with filing a restraining order from the clerks at the Family Court offices in Providence, Kent, and Washington Counties. Otherwise, to ensure that no mistakes are made and that all necessary processes are completed accurately, you should call 401-400-4254 to retain our one-on-one legal representation.
Different Forms of Restraining Orders in Rhode Island
All restraining orders are meant to restrict the movement and actions of a person who is a perceived threat against another individual. They may order them not to go to a certain property, communicate with you in person, over the phone, or electronically, and they can also stop them from being around certain people or objects, such as firearms. Depending on the situation that you are facing, you can file for one of three primary forms of restraining orders in Rhode Island, each one serving the same purpose, more or less, but lasting varying amounts of time.
What restraining order do you require?
- Emergency: When you are in immediate danger of physical harm, you may obtain an emergency restraining order, usually from a police officer who contacts the court on your behalf. Your abuser does not need to be present at the time for this order to become official. The downside is that an emergency order of protection will generally expire within days.
- Temporary: If you have reason to believe that you could be harmed by your spouse or another individual but an immediate threat is not prevalent, we can help you file for a temporary restraining order. As the name suggests, this protective order persists for about two to three weeks. After it expires, you and the restrained individual will be summoned to an “order to show cause” hearing, where a judge will determine how to proceed, i.e. whether or not to extend the protective order.
- Final: Semi-permanent restraining orders that last for years and can be extended indefinitely upon review are known as final restraining orders. A hearing will be necessary that involves all parties and their attorneys. Final protective orders are usually not issued unless a conviction based on a violent crime accompanies it.
Restraining orders, allegations of physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, and spouts of anger are all common elements in a domestic violence case that no one wants to or should have to deal with. If you have been the victim of domestic violence, you must contact the authorities as soon as you can. When they arrive, you should consider asking them about filing a restraining order against the person who has hurt you. When you are safe again, the next thing you should do is retain a family law attorney.
Were You Served with a Restraining Order?
If you have been served with a restraining order, you will need representation if you wish to challenge it and preserve your name and reputation. There are times when the restraining order process and their application is abused to secure an advantage in divorce, or as a spiteful means to punish a spouse when there was no real threat and emotions are spiraling out of control. If you have been issued a restraining order and do not know why, you can contact us 24/7 and we can provide legal guidance about what you can do next.
Helping Clients in Spousal Abuse Cases
Whether you have been hurt by or accused of committing domestic violence, TJC • ESQ and our Rhode Island domestic violence lawyers can assist you. We understand the intricacies of these cases from all angles and are here to protect your best interests. Most of all, we want use our litigation and mediation abilities to see everyone happy and unharmed.
Unsure of where to begin? A free consultation with our team is always a good start.
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