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The Negative Consequences Of A Restraining Order
A restraining order could make your life tough. One way a restraining order might make life difficult is to keep you from enjoying a relationship with your loved ones. A restraining order carries a stigma that your company, associates, friends, neighbors and relatives may hold against you. In addition, you may be arrested at the first sign of violation, even if unintentional.
It doesn’t take much more than someone complaining that he or she feels threatened by you for the person to acquire a restraining order against you. Houston criminal defense attorney Scott M. Brown knows exactly how hard it is to have a restraining order issued in your name. You probably feel angry and trapped, not having the freedom to see individuals you like and care for. You can rely on our attorneys to protect your rights and ensure that you aren’t the target of an unjust restraining order.
Additionally, if you are dealing with legal issues for violating a restraining order, our firm can provide you with the aggressive protection you need. Violating a restraining order can result in a $5,000 fine and up to 2½ years in jail.
Restraining orders can complicate your life personally, financially and legally. In Texas, any blood relative, boyfriend or girlfriend, or roommate can secure a 10-day restraining order ex parte. This means you could be evicted from your own residence without a chance to contest the restraining order in advance.
To get a temporary restraining order, someone need only sign an affidavit at the courthouse stating that he or she thinks there is a threat of major impending bodily damage from you. Since a judge does not have an opportunity to hear your testimony, you may discover yourself out of your home without much warning.
After this humiliation, you are entitled to a complete hearing within 10 days. This means that you need to act quickly with your attorney to ensure lifting of the order if possible. Lawyer Scott M. Brown and his associates represent people in restraining order proceedings as well as those who are charged with violating them.
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How To Respond Once A Restraining Order Is Filed Against You
When a judge grants a temporary restraining order, it will stay in effect for 10 days. During that time, you will receive notice to leave the apartment or house if the person who filed the order lives with you. In addition, you will be required to abstain from all contact with the person who filed, which means no phone calls, emails, letters or physical contact. You also cannot have someone contact that person on your behalf. By involving an attorney promptly, you can show that there is no misunderstanding or allegations that you somehow violated the temporary restraining order. You will then be notified to appear at a hearing to determine if a permanent restraining order is necessary.
Consequences Of Violating A Restraining Order
If you are found breaking a restraining order, you could be charged, held in custody and required to post a bail bond. If you are found guilty of violating a restraining order, you could receive prison time, a fine and a long-lasting criminal record that can significantly mitigate your ability to acquire work, lease an apartment or get loans. Furthermore, if you are sentenced to time in jail, your employer might fire you. As an “at will” employee, you could have few options to save your job.
Scott M. Brown & Associates will investigate the circumstances surrounding the issuance of a temporary restraining order. When necessary, we may investigate the person requesting a restraining order as well as interview witnesses, gather evidence and expose facts that support your contention that you were falsely accused of physical violence and thus reduce the probability of a continuing restraining order.
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