Have you been served with a protective order in Virginia, and want to know what your rights are? Criminal defense attorney Sheryl Shane has over 20 years of legal experience, and can help you fight a restraining order filed against you.
What Is A Virginia Protective Order?
Often times, people do not know what to do when they’re served with an order of protection because they don’t have a clear understanding of what the document is for. Because of this, they just agree to the terms, without realizing that they may actually be giving up their own rights, and damaging their reputation.
A protective order, also referred to as a restraining order or order of protection, is a civil action that limits the amount, and type of contact between two people. In many cases, they are filed by domestic abuse victims, victims of harassment, or other people who have had violent or unpleasant interactions with someone. The order of protection will restrict the person from coming within a specified distance of the victim’s house, job, school, or other designated locations.
There are 3 main types of protective orders in Virginia:
- Emergency Protective Order (EPO): Emergency protective orders are used in cases of immediate danger. They can last for up to 72 hours.
- Preliminary protective order (PPO): This is a short term order of protection (also referred to as a temporary protective order) that lasts for up to 15 days. After the PPO hearing, a final protective order may be set.
- Final Protective Order (PO): This is the most serious type of protective order, and can be put in place for up to 2 years.
Why You Need A Protective Order Defense Lawyer
While many people seek protective orders with good intentions (they are legitimately in fear of someone), there are some people who file these orders falsely in order to harm your reputation, in retaliation, or out of spite. Unfortunately, these protective orders with no merit are routinely granted simply because they go unattested. However, they violate your rights and in instances where children are involved, can stop you from having contact with them.
Also, your accuser may use a falsely granted protective order against you for a civil or criminal case later on. So if you feel a restraining order has been filed against you wrongly, let us help you fight it.
Sheryl Shane Helps Fight Protective Orders In Virginia
Criminal attorney Sheryl Shane defends clients who have been arrested or accused of:
- Assault and battery on a family member
- Spousal abuse
- Child abuse
- Assault of a child
- Terroristic Threats
- Violation of an order for protection
You do not, and should not, have to just accept these accusations against you. They can damage your reputation and hurt your criminal record for life. Call Sheryl Shane Law in Fairfax VA at 703-503-4448 to defend your rights.