As the Helland Law Group office dog, you better believe I’m naturally protective. So I understand your desire to protect yourself and your family. So how do you get a DV protection order? It’s a little complicated, so bear with me. A domestic violence protection order requires filling out a petition for the order through the court. If you decide to have our office assist you, we will help you through the entire process. If your petition does not meet the legal standard for an order of protection, we can help you determine what other options might be available to you. It is also possible to fill out the petition directly through the Domestic Violence office in the Pierce County Superior Court. Once a petition has been submitted, a court commissioner reviews it to determine whether or not to issue a temporary order of protection. If a temporary order is issued, it is necessary to have your spouse served with the documents, and appear at the return hearing to determine whether the order should stay in place. These tend to be highly contested matters where legal representation is extremely important.
Absolutely. A domestic violence protection order carries with it long-lasting implications and certain stigmas that may influence your ability to obtain housing, employment, and firearms. A standing protection order can also impact child custody matters. If you have been served with a domestic violence protection order, it is very important to seek legal advice prior to attending the court hearing.
You should immediately contact an attorney to discuss the matter. If you feel that you have been wrongly accused of domestic violence, there are ways to defend against the protection order being issued, but time is extremely important, as a proper defense takes time to skillfully develop.