We Help You Protect Your Loved Ones in Hamilton and Marion Counties
In some cases, individuals need protection from those around them. Protective orders can offer much-needed protection from family violence. Our legal team at the Law Offices of Meredith Mochel understands that people in the middle of dangerous family situations require compassionate advocates. We can help you pursue legal protection for you and your family. Call our lawyer today at (423) 250-1499.
What Is Family Violence?
To get a restraining order in Tennessee or Georgia, there must be proof and/or precedent for family violence. Family violence includes the following acts if committed by a household or family member:
- Unlawful restraint
- Simple assault
- Simple battery
- Criminal trespass
- Criminal damage to property
- A felony
Physical abuse, sexual assault, and arson can also fall into the “family violence” category if committed by a family member.
Types of Protective Orders
Not all protective orders are the same, so it is crucial to understand what option is best for your situation. Temporary, or ex parte, orders are used to protect victims from abuse until the court hearing. These orders are temporary, but they can offer a brief period of safety. Temporary protective orders last up to 30 days, but they can be extended in some cases.
To receive a permanent restraining order, you must attend the hearing. At the hearing, the judge will evaluate your case and determine whether to issue a permanent protective order. If you receive a permanent restraining order, the aggressor is prohibited from carrying a weapon, interacting with minor children, or interfering with communication through mail, phone, or other means.
How Do I Get a Protective Order?
Living with a violent individual, especially someone you once considered a loved one, is terrifying. The trust you once had is gone, and you need to protect yourself and your children from further abuse and harassment.
At the Law Offices of Meredith Mochel, we understand how painful and dangerous it can be to fear for your safety in your own home. Our compassionate Chattanooga protective order attorney can represent your interests during restraining order hearings, and guide you through the court process so you can keep your family safe.
Don’t wait to contact the Law Offices of Meredith Mochel today.
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