Very few relationships end with happily ever after. Frequently, the opposite is true. At that point, court intervention is often necessary. Until recently, Crow Wing County judges almost always issued long-term protective orders in these situations. But that’s no longer the case. So, both petitioners and respondents could greatly benefit from a partnership with a Brainerd restraining order lawyer.
The experienced attorneys at Carlson & Jones routinely handle a wide range of protective order matters. These cases are usually quite complex. Without effective representation, your voice might go unheeded in court.
Types of Protective Orders
There are several different types of domestic violence. Therefore, there are several different types of restraining orders, such as:
Ex Parte Protective Orders: If there is an imminent danger of serious bodily harm, a judge might enter a temporary protective order based solely on the petitioner’s affidavit. Our Brainerd OFP lawyers help petitioners prepare these affidavits, because we know what judges expect to see.
Full OFPs: After a hearing, a judge might grant or extend an order for protection for up to two years. Frequently, full OFPs include other provisions as well, such as child support orders.
Restraining Orders: Many domestic violence situations involve stalking and other behaviors which do not present an imminent threat of violence, but things could end violently. Some different types of restraining orders include HROs (Harassment Restraining Orders) and DANCOS (Domestic Abuse No Contact Orders).
Only certain relationships are eligible for protective orders. These orders almost always involve husbands and wives or ex-husbands and ex-wives. Other protected relationships include current or former dating partners, persons related by blood or marriage, and current or former roommates.
Legal Strategies for Petitioners and Respondents
Generally, our Brainerd restraining order lawyers focus on evidence collection. Naked allegations and denials are not enough to support or block a restraining order application.
Usually, parties must establish facts by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). That’s the lowest standard of proof in Minnesota law.
Call Brainerd Restraining Order Attorney to Know Your Rights
There are usually two sides of the story in protective order matters. While we believe that every individual should be free from abuse, we also realize that sometimes the person claiming to be abused, really wasn’t. We help ensure your side of the story prevails. For a free consultation with an experienced Brainerd restraining order lawyer, contact Carlson & Jones, P.A. at (218) 736-9429. After-hours visits are available.
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