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Protective Order Defense

Seasoned Virginia Attorneys Help Clients Fight Protective Orders

Respected Charlottesville firm provides skilled and assertive counsel

Being served a protective order in Virginia can place serious limitations on your life and freedom, such as keeping you from your family, from places that are part of your daily life or from owning a firearm. Not all protective orders are fair. The attorneys at Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C. are committed advocates for individuals who are targeted for wrongful or overly harsh protective orders. From our offices in Charlottesville, Palmyra and Harrisonburg, we can work to tell your side of the story and enforce your rights.

Determined lawyers defend individuals accused of violence

A Virginia court can issue a protective order if the person seeking it alleges they were subject to an act involving violence, force or threat, resulting in bodily injury or a reasonable fear of being injured, sexually assaulted or killed. Protective orders are often issued after alleged instances of:

  • Domestic abuse — Protective orders can be issued for claims of physical and/or psychological abuse.
  • Physical assault — A protective order may stem from a physical altercation such as a bar fight.
  • Sexual assault — Rape and other sexual offenses can be used as valid bases for a protective order.
  • Stalking — An order may be issued when someone feels that they are in danger due to perceived stalking or harassment.

An order may be requested by a law enforcement officer or by an alleged victim.

Knowledgeable lawyers advise clients on protective order responses

When you are served with a protective order that you want to contest, the following steps should be taken:

  • Don’t ignore it — Though it may be frustrating, follow every single mandate in the order. You have the right to challenge an order you think is unfair, but you cannot hope to succeed in that challenge if you do not abide by the court order in the meantime.
  • Understand the terms —There are three types of protective orders in Virginia. Emergency protective orders last only for three days. Preliminary protective orders last up to 15 days or until a full hearing is conducted. Final protective orders can last up to two years.
  • Collect evidence — To prepare for your defense, gather as much information as you can that is related to any events referred to in the petition for the protective order. Evidence may include photos, text messages, emails, witness contact information and more.

If you are served with an order of protection, exercise restraint and secure legal representation. An attorney at Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C. can develop a professional, level-headed challenge to the order.

Contact respected Virginia protective order defense attorneys

We care. We fight. We help our clients put their lives back together. For help responding to a protective order in Virginia, meet with a skilled lawyer at Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C. Call us at 434-973-7474 or contact us online to schedule an appointment one of our offices. We have locations in Charlottesville, Palmyra, and Harrisonburg.

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