Domestic violence is a serious issue that you should not face alone. If you’re seeking legal protection from domestic violence in New Mexico, the attorneys at Terry & deGraauw, P.C., can help you file a domestic protective order. We are certified family law specialists who can handle any issues pertaining to the protection of your family, including divorce and child custody cases.
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO PROTECTIVE ORDERS
KEEPING YOUR FAMILY SAFE WITH CRIMINAL PROTECTIVE ORDERS
Protective orders are designed to safeguard you from violence or abuse by what the Court calls a “household member.” Despite the term, your offender does not have to live in your home, in fact, he or she could be anyone with whom you have a continual or intimate relationship. Domestic protective orders prohibit the offender from contacting you via phone, text or email, and from being within a certain physical distance from you.
Our attorneys will begin by filing your petition for an order of protection in Court. Typically, a Hearing Officer will then decide if you have a valid reason to be granted protection. A protective order can be entered for a period of one year, but extenuating circumstances can result in a longer period of time.
VIOLATING A PROTECTIVE ORDER IS A CRIME
Violating the protective order is a felony crime. If your abuser violates the order, you can call the police. Police may immediately arrest the offender or a judge may hold him or her in contempt of court. A judge may order the offender to pay a fine or serve a jail sentence.
ALBUQUERQUE’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ATTORNEYS
Many divorce lawyers will not handle domestic violence cases, but our seasoned attorneys can provide you with representation in all aspects of your family law case. As you begin the process of filing a protective order, you will want a lawyer at your side as you gather important evidence—such as the documentation of your injuries—that you will need to present at your hearing.
We are compassionate attorneys who will be your advocate inside and outside of court. In addition to the legal services we provide, we are also here to connect you to domestic violence resources to help you get back on your feet after your experience. To schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, New Mexico family law firm, contact us today.