Protective Order and Standing Criminal Restraining Order Defense Attorneys
Criminal Defense Attorneys Experienced in Addressing Protective Orders
Protective Orders are issued by the Court during criminal court cases to protect victims where there are allegations that he or she has been threatened, harassed, stalked or assaulted a family member. A judge can also issue a Protective Order when a defendant is charged with any crime that could potentially lead to or cause a fear of harm.
If you are involved in a domestic, or family, violence case involving Protective Orders, contact the attorneys at Koffsky & Felsen, LLC. Our attorneys are experienced and skilled in dealing with Protective Orders and we understand the criminal justice process and know how to protect your rights. We work closely with our clients to identify how to best resolve your domestic violence matter based on your unique circumstances. We work as a team to resolve these complicated issues and protect you at every stage of the criminal proceedings. Attorneys Audrey Felsen and Bruce Koffsky have a thorough understanding of Connecticut law and procedure related to the imposition of Protective Orders and will make sure you understand your rights and how to exercise them.
Family Violence Protective Orders
Courts will issue a Protective Order in a family, or domestic, violence case at the time of arraignment, and will decide what kind of Protective Order to issue based on input from a representative from Family Relations, the prosecutor and your attorney. Family violence Protective Orders are in effect from the date the Order is entered until the completion of the criminal proceedings, unless and until such Order is modified by motion.
A Court can issues three kinds of Protective Orders:
- No Contact.
This is a strict Order not to contact the protected party in any way. This means you cannot contact the protected person in-person, on the phone, through social media or through third parties.
- Residential Stay Away.
This is an Order preventing you from entering the dwelling of the protected person. You may be permitted to have contact with the protected person, but the Order may prohibit you from going to the person’s workplace or home. If a Protective Order is issued and includes a Residential Stay Away Order, you must stay away from wherever the victim lives.
If the victim lives with you, you may be required to move out of your home for the time being.
If you and the protected party share custody of your children, discuss this with your attorney prior to the hearing so you can make sure the Protective Order contains clear instructions regarding your children.
- Partial Protective Order.
This Order permits you to see and talk to the protected party, but forbids you from threatening, harassing, or stalking the named individual.
If the Court issues a Protective Order in your case, you must abide by the terms of that Order. Violation of a Protective Order is a felony for which you will face significant potential penalties, including jail time.
For more information on Family Violence Protective Orders, see our blog here: Criminal Protective Orders in Connecticut.
Standing Criminal Restraining Orders
If you are convicted of a family violence crime, at the conclusion of your case the judge may issue a Standing Criminal Restraining Order.
Standing Criminal Restraining Orders are most often issued in serious criminal cases and remain in effect until the Court decides otherwise, usually when your attorney files a motion with the Court to modify the terms of the Order. In many cases, Standing Criminal Restraining Orders prohibit all contact between the parties.
Lifetime, or even long term, prohibitions against seeing a family member or loved one can have a devastating impact on your life. It is important to discuss these potential outcomes and be prepared to address them prior to resolving your criminal case. Our attorneys will work with you to discuss these issues and identify any factors about your individual case that need to be addressed to help you move on with your life and protect your future.
How We Can Help
We have experience handling domestic violence cases and are familiar with every aspect of the Protective Order process. If you are charged with a domestic violence, or family violence, offense, contact us to discuss your options and prepare to address time-sensitive matters related to your case before your first court date. We will help you identify and prepare to resolve issues such as where you will live, how to ensure you can see your children and how to access your belongings during the pendency of the Protective Order.
If a Protective Order has already been issued, we can file a motion with the Court to modify the Protective Order. These hearings are often contested, and the judge will hear testimony from your attorney, the prosecutor, a representative from Family Relations and sometimes from the victim.
Contact a Connecticut Protective Order lawyer today to schedule a case evaluation
Being charged with a domestic violence offense and the imposition of a Protective Order can have a significant impact on your life. It may prevent you from contacting or seeing your loved ones and may require you to leave your home. For this reason, if you are involved in a domestic, or family, violence crime that could lead to the Court imposing a Protective Order, you should retain an attorney as soon as possible.
Consult with Connecticut Protective Order attorneys Audrey Felsen and Bruce Koffsky if you have any questions about a domestic violence case involving Protective Orders or if you need representation in a domestic or family matter.
Every stage in the process is critical and our experienced Connecticut Protective Order attorneys work with our clients every step of the way. Contact the Law Offices of Koffsky & Felsen, LLC in Connecticut today at 203-327-1500 to learn how we can help you through the Protective Order process, assert your legal rights and protect your future.