Restraining Orders

Littleton Defense Lawyers

Restraining orders, also known as protective orders or injunctions, are invaluable legal devices. They can be used fairly and effectively when someone's safety is threatened, and unfairly when used to garner criminal charges against someone to gain leverage against a spouse during divorce proceedings.

At the law office of Prendergast & Associates, P.C., we can fight for your rights by filing a restraining order for you to ensure your safety, or by fighting a restraining order if one was used against you unfairly in divorce proceedings or to win an advantage in custody or visitation hearings.

Experienced Restraining Order / Protection Order Legal Services.

We practice in the area of restraining order and temporary restraining order law because many people need the protections they provide. We teach this topic to lawyers and judges across the state. Often, a spouse is afraid of violence from his or her spouse. Economic dependency, ongoing violence, threat and abuse make it difficult to leave the relationship safely or with a feeling of safety. Restraining orders can be granted on a temporary or permanent basis. Further, a court can grant a temporary award of child custody for up to 120 days, which can allow an unstable home situation to stabilize.

Our office handles restraining orders in two ways. One way is to take an aggressive stance that will protect your safety to the fullest extent. We can file a restraining order so that 1) you are protected, 2) law enforcement officials are involved in and aware of your problem, and 3) there are repercussions if your spouse violates geographic and communication limits.

On the other hand, if you feel that your relationship can be salvaged, you may want to pursue a less aggressive course of action. During this time, your spouse can seek drug counseling, anger management, or the type of treatment they need to return to the home.

“Sometimes a Relationship is Not Worth Saving”

Studies have shown that battered spouses may return to a relationship as many as seven times before they leave for good. This is dangerous and risky. We do not want our clients to become victims again. We help our clients develop a safety plan, an exit strategy, and protection for their children.

We Also Provide Defense Against Baseless Restraining Orders and Protection Orders.

Restraining orders, however, can also be misused, especially during divorce proceedings. Once a restraining order is filed against you, your rights to live in your house and your custody and visitation rights can be jeopardized. A no- contact order can further limit your rights regardless of circumstances.

Restraining orders can lead to your name being listed in police databases as a violent person. This can lead to job loss, loss of hunting privileges, limits on handgun ownership, and limits to your ability to get jobs involving security and private and government security clearances. Restraining orders can appear on background checks, limiting your opportunities in a range of ways that cannot even be imagined.

We provide experienced and effective restraining order legal services in a full range of circumstances. If you have questions regarding restraining orders or if you wish to file a restraining order, give us a call.

Protecting the Rights of Victims of Crimes

Our law firm represents the victims of violent crimes in civil suits. We realize that nothing can adequately restore your loss, but filing a civil suit against the perpetrator of a crime is another way to gain justice. We are able to represent all types of victims of crimes, including:

  • Victims of rape, incest or other sexual assault
  • The families of murdered children
  • Victims of drunk drivers

Contact the attorneys at the law office of Prendergast & Associates, P.C., with your restraining order questions. We offer free initial consultations and accept credit cards to better serve you.

We are experienced with all matters of complex criminal law.

Contact Prendergast and Associates, P.C. now at 303-797-3300.


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