The purpose of a restraining order is to stop an individual from harassing, threatening, or abusing you in any way. The person against which the restraining order has been obtained may not come within a certain distance of the other individual or contact them at all. Restraining orders are only useful, however, when they are enforced. If an abuser violates a restraining order and nothing is done about it, then the restraining order holds no purpose in the first place.
The process of enforcing a restraining order begins the moment you obtain the order. Make copies of the order and provide them to key individuals who could help you in case of a violation, such as family and friends. Keep a copy on your person at all times and place other copies in strategic locations, such as your home, car, or office. The purpose of doing so is so that you always have a copy to show to police in case you need to report a violation.
If someone disobeys a restraining order that you have against them, call the police. Show them a copy of the restraining order and provide the officer(s) with any information, evidence, and documentation you have of the incident. Write down everything that happened, take pictures, get witnesses—the more information you can provide, the stronger your case will be. It may also be beneficial to remind the individual of the penalties they could face if charged with a violation. Disobeying a restraining order is a criminal offense that could result in a fine and/or time in jail.
Following each of these steps can be beneficial to your case, but the process can run much more smoothly with the counsel and guidance of a skilled Pasadena domestic violence lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer if you need to obtain a restraining order, or if you have a restraining order and it has been violated. One of our skilled attorneys can help you take the necessary legal actions to obtain justice and protect yourself from further harm. Contact us today to set up a consultation.