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Orders Of Protection: Staying Safe And Protecting Your Rights

Goldberg Sager & Associates is honored to stand up for domestic violence victims. You do not have to live in fear for your safety or the safety of your children. By contacting us, you can take legal action to ensure your abuser no longer harms you.

Our Brooklyn firm has more than 25 years of experience assisting domestic violence victims in New York City. We have a deep understanding of the system and we are here to aggressively fight for your rights and your safety.

How Do Orders of Protection Work?

An order of protection is issued by a court to prevent someone from engaging in any type of behavior that may cause harm to your person or body. It is started in family law court by filing a family offense petition. You can also seek an order of protection in criminal court when the offending party is arrested. A knowledgeable lawyer can describe how an order of protection prohibits your abuser from injuring, threatening or harassing you or your family. Specifically, it requires the aggressor to follow these orders:

  • Stay away from you and/or your children
  • Leave and stay away from your home
  • Have no contact with you and/or your children
  • Stay away from your place of employment and prevent telephone and other contact with you

There are three main types of orders of protection: family court orders of protection, criminal court orders of protection and Supreme Court orders of protection. Their similarities and differences are as follows:

  • Family court order of protection: The purpose of this order is to eliminate violence in a family and to protect victims.
  • Criminal court order of protection: Criminal court orders of protection are issued as a condition of a defendant's release and/or bail in a criminal proceeding. This type of court order may only be used against a person charged with a crime.
  • Supreme Court order of protection: Supreme Court orders of protection are issued during a divorce case. Consult an experienced family law attorney for more information on this type of court order.

When An Order Of Protection Is Violated

Since an order of protection is issued by a court, violating the order is a crime. If the aggressor refuses to obey a protection order, you have the right to call the police and have the individual arrested.

Violating the order does not require that your abuser physically hit you. If he or she fails to obey any part of the order, contact law enforcement as soon as possible and then consult with an attorney. Our firm can assist you in keeping your family safe.

Contact Us For Unparalleled Legal Service

At Goldberg Sager & Associates, we believe in what we do. To receive outstanding legal guidance in an order of protection matter, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.