Certain criminal charges seem more socially unacceptable than others. Being arrested for a sex crime or having a victim’s protective order (VPO) issued against carry certain stigmas that are considered socially unacceptable. Your reputation is at risk in these types of cases, and harm to your good name can create a domino effect in your life. Your marriage will be impacted by a restraining order and depending on the type of job you have you could face suspension from work. These negative consequences don’t have to happen. With the right criminal defense team, you can come out the other side in a good position.
The best way to defend against a restraining order is to be prepared. Defense includes:
● Follow the terms of the order until you appear at the hearing, failing to do so can result in loss of contact with family members and in cases involving children may lead to supervised contact.
● Gather evidence you will use in your defense, such as photos or other objects the victim claims were harmed. Torn clothing and photos of physical injuries are helpful.
● Keep copies of any texts, emails or letters the victim sends you after seeking the protective order. This can show the order was requested without a true need or fear.
● If there were witnesses, make a list of their names and contact information.
Your attorney will need to see the evidence you have, and you should act quickly so the facts you give are fresh in your mind. It is absolutely essential you refrain from having contact with the person asking for the order until the hearing. Even then, your contact and communication will be before the Court and you will need to act calmly and show the Court your respect. The job of your attorney is to prepare you for the hearing while presenting your defense in a light most favorable to you. The team at Ferraro Law Group has experience defending restraining orders and works for favorable results.
If a restraining order has been issued against you call a criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We offer aggressive representation while fighting for your rights. The first visit is a free initial consultation. Call today to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.