What To Do If You Receive A Restraining Order
At the Atlanta law offices of Cohen & Hirsch, our lawyers aggressively defend clients against restraining orders. We use every tool in our arsenal to help clients defeat criminal allegations so they can move forward with their lives.
Being accused of domestic violence, stalking or harassment can result in a restraining order, or protective order, being brought against you. A restraining order will have a major impact on your life.
Consequences Of Restraining Orders For Defendants
Individuals who have restraining orders issued against them will lose their ability to possess a gun, may lose custody or visitation rights with minor children, and face possible jail time. Because restraining orders are public record, it may be difficult to find a job or housing. Restraining orders also take a toll on personal and family relationships, and can destroy your reputation.
Once a restraining order has been issued against you, you are at the mercy of your accuser. At any time, he or she can call the police and falsely accuse you of violating the order, resulting in your immediate arrest.
At Cohen & Hirsch, our attorneys thoroughly investigate your accuser’s claims to uncover ulterior motives for his or her claim, undermine his or her credibility and poke holes in his or her story.
Temporary Restraining Orders: A One-Sided Story With Criminal Consequences
In Georgia, a person can get a temporary restraining order (TRO) against you without a hearing and without giving you a chance to tell your side of the story. This means you can be ordered out of your house and be required to cut all contact with your accuser based on his or her claims alone.
Within 30 days, a hearing will be held to determine whether the TRO will become more permanent, placing restrictions on you for up to one year. These hearings are akin to mini-trials. Your accuser may take the stand, and bring evidence and witnesses to support his or her case. It is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney protecting your rights.
At Cohen & Hirsch, our attorneys provide strong, aggressive criminal defense representation to individuals during restraining order hearings. We understand the impact a restraining order will have on your life and we work hard to help you defeat the charges.