Defense Against Orders for Protection (OFPs) and Harassment Restraining Orders (HROs)
A court can issue an order of protection (OFP) to limit the behavior of someone who harms or threatens to harm another person with whom they have a familial relationship (girlfriend/boyfriend, husband/wife, parent/child, co-parents of a child, etc..). It limits the interaction and communication between the parties. A first-time OFP may be effective for up to two (2) years and may contain specific conditions for you to follow for the duration of the Order including child support, housing and spousal maintenance. The OFP places a respondent at risk because any alleged violation of the OFP’s provisions can result in criminal charges for a violation of the order. A Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) is similar to an OFP. Both are serious matters that should not be taken lightly.
If you have received an OFP or HRO against you, The Davis Law Firm can help you respond and fight the orders. You are entitled to notice of the Order, a court hearing, and legal counsel. It is imperative that you call as soon as you are served with the OFP or HRO because you often only have five (5) days to ask the court for a hearing. If you do not ask for a hearing, you are accepting the OFP or HRO and essentially admitting the allegations contained therein.
Attorney Erica Davis can help you defend against an OFP or HRO or negotiate for more favorable terms. You should consult with The Davis Law Firm as soon as such matters arise to best prepare for your defense. Attorney Erica Davis can help you investigate, gather evidence, find witnesses, etc. Having an experienced attorney on your side can help refuting the accusations and increase your chances of a favorable result.