Restraining Orders

Restraining Order Violations: What They Are, and How We Can Help

Restraining orders, which are also known as stay-away orders, protective orders, and no-contact orders, are issued when the courts decide that one person must refrain from contacting someone else. They are intended to protect the person who took out the order from threats, stalking, harassment, or physical abuse by the individual named in the order. Examples of prohibited contact include:

  • Phone calls
  • Text messages
  • Emails
  • Social media interactions
  • Coming within a certain distance of the person being protected

California courts generally issue four types of protective orders:

  • Domestic violence restraining orders designed to protect a person from abuse at the hands of someone with whom they share an ‘intimate relationship’.
  • Civil harassment restraining orders that protect people who are not intimate partners of the subject person, such as co-workers, roommates, or neighbors.
  • Workplace violence restraining orders that an employer requests to protect an employee from real or implied violence in the workplace.
  • Elder or dependent adult abuse restraining orders issued to protect seniors and adults with certain disabilities from abuse or neglect.

If someone is seeking a restraining order against you, the Nieves Law Firm can help. There are acceptable defenses to a request for restraining order, such as:

  • There was no credible threat of violence
  • There was no course of conduct that amounted to harassment
  • False allegations were made against you
  • The protected party failed to meet the burden of proof

With so much of your personal liberties at stake, you don’t want to take your chances defending a restraining order on your own. The Nieves Law Firm, APC has years of experience in successfully defending cases like yours. We offer a free initial consultation, so call (510) 588-8580 or contact us here. Let us help you protect your reputation and preserve your freedom.