Restraining Orders in San Diego

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A restraining order is issued by a Superior Court Judge and it compels a person to stay a certain distance, usually 100 yards, away from the person who requests it. The person asking for a restraining order is called the Petitioner, and the person who has it filed against him is called the Respondent.

These orders also prevent that person from contacting the petitioner in any form, either by text, email, or phone. If the restrained person violates the order, even one time, he can be arrested and sent to State Prison.

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

These are issued if the people involved had a previous relationship. Those relationships include boyfriend/girlfriend, spouse, or if they have a child together. It also includes members of the same family, such as father and mother, and brother and sister.

Domestic violence restraining orders are issued under the following circumstances:

  • If the person intentionally or attempted to cause bodily harm
  • Sexual assault
  • Threats of bodily harm
  • Vandalizing property

Civil Harassment Restraining Orders

Civil harassment restraining orders are issued for threats of violence or force or conduct that can be deemed harassing, including stalking. These orders are issued against people who are not related to the petitioner.

Harassment is a threat or an act of violence, or a course of conduct, that is annoying or causes fear. Stalking is one type of harassment. Other types of conduct would include playing loud music at unreasonable hours or repeated phone calls with hang ups. Any conduct that causes substantial emotional distress can also be deemed to be civil harassment.

The Law Offices of Timothy Richardson has handled many restraining orders, both domestic violence and civil harassment, for over 20 years. If you are seeking to have a restraining order filed, our San Diego criminal defense lawyer has all the paperwork in his office and he can file it the same day you request it.

Additionally, if someone has filed a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) against you, it is important that you fight it. If a TRO is issued against you, it becomes a public record and potential employers can see it on a background search. You will also lose all of your gun rights for 10 years.

Mr. Richardson has won many of these TRO cases. His clients don’t have to worry about a TRO showing up on their background searches. Our firm has cross examined over 1,000 witnesses, and he has the skill to cross examine the person who is making false accusations against you to get the TRO dismissed.

Call (619) 473-5662 today to schedule your free initial consultation. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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