Texas Protective Order Attorney
There are two types of emergency orders available to protect victims of family violence: restraining orders and protective orders. Each has different strengths and weaknesses. At the law office of Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C., we know the importance of quickly assessing your situation and getting the necessary order put into place to protect you.
What Restraining Orders Do
Restraining orders are the easiest and fastest orders to obtain. There is no proof of domestic violence required to get this type of order, and the victim is not even required to testify. Courts want to be cautious, so they will quickly provide restraining orders.
Restraining orders are not particularly strong. When restraining order violations take place, the repercussions are not nearly as significant as they are with a protective order. When you come to our law firm, you will have a lawyer on your side who will work with you to determine if getting a restraining order is the right step to take.
What Protective Orders Do
Protective orders are quasi-criminal matters. These orders have teeth, meaning that if a person violates them, there are significant repercussions — possibly jail. Furthermore, with few exceptions, people who have protective orders against them are not allowed to have firearms.
Obtaining a protective order is not as easy as obtaining a restraining order. Courts will require a high level of proof of family violence or the threat of family violence. The victim may be required to testify on the record. If a protective order is the right step for you to take, our law firm will help you take it.
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For comprehensive, personalized counsel, support and advocacy from a McKinney restraining order attorney, contact us today. We care about protecting you.