First thing to do: Keep Your Cool
The first thing you need to do, if the court has issued a peace order against you on your spouse or partner's behalf, is to control yourself during the 7 days prior to the hearing being held. Contact us immediately to begin planning your defense strategy.
As the respondent / defendant, you are not permitted to have ANY kind of contact with your partner / spouse. Neither you nor any 3rd party, whatsoever. Every violation is a separately punishable criminal offense carrying a 60-day jail term for the first offense.
Additionally – federal law requires the Sheriff to collect and hold all firearms in your possession. If you feel you were the victim, get the names and contact information of all witnesses to the event, so we can speak to them and get photographs as we develop your defense.
If you have a child involved in a domestic violence issue, contact us immediately. Domestic Violence Orders may now be extended to a maximum duration of 2 years. This must be done prior to the 1-year expiration date in the original order.
Don't risk losing your home – your children – everything.
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