Domestic Violence Victim Representation and Protective Orders
Connecticut Attorneys experienced in representing Victims in Criminal Domestic Violence Cases
If someone has been charged with a domestic violence offense, the Court will issue a Protective Order to ensure the safety of victims.
The Court will issue a Protective order whenever there is an allegation that a defendant has threatened, harassed, stalked or assaulted a family member, or even when they have engaged in conduct that could potentially lead to violence.
If you are involved in a domestic, or family, violence case and need representation, contact the attorneys at Koffsky & Felsen, LLC. Our partners are experienced and skilled in dealing with domestic violence cases and the issuance of Protective Orders. We understand how a pending criminal matter and Protective Order can affect victims and know how to protect your rights. We work closely with our clients to identify how to best represent your interests based on your unique circumstances. Attorneys Audrey Felsen and Bruce Koffsky have a thorough understanding of Connecticut law and procedure related to domestic matters and the imposition of Protective Orders and will make sure you understand your rights as a victim and how to exercise them.
How can the Court protect me as the Victim of a Domestic Violence Crime?
The Court will issue a Protective Order in a family, or domestic, violence case at the time of arraignment and decide what kind of Protective Order to issue based on input from a representative from Family Relations, the prosecutor and you, the victim.
The Court can order that the defendant stay away from you and that he or she not contact you in any way, either directly or through a third party.
If you have children with the defendant, this Order may extend to your children. Depending on the situation, the Court may permit visitation, with or without supervision.
The Court may impose other conditions, including but not limited to:
- Order that the defendant not restrain the applicant;
- Order that the defendant not threaten, harass or assault (sexually or otherwise) the applicant; and/or
- Order that the defendant not enter the victim’s home, even if the defendant resides in the same home.
If the Court orders a residential stay-away, the defendant will have to find somewhere else to live until and unless the Court modifies the Order).
The Court will ensure that you are protected financially. A victim should not be discouraged from coming forward and taking steps to protect him or herself due to financial concerns.
The Court can enter the following Orders to prevent the defendant from imposing financial harm on the victim through the following:
- Prohibiting the defendant from engaging in conduct that could affect a victim’s access to necessary services related to the family’s or the victim’s home;
- Prohibiting the defendant from engaging in conduct that could affect the victim’s or victim’s children’s health, automobile or homeowners’ insurance coverage;
- Prohibiting the defendant from transferring, encumbering, concealing or disposing of property the victim owns or leases;
- Requiring the defendant to provide the victim with necessary personal effects so he or she can access necessities such as a car, checkbook, health documents, car or homeowners insurance, identification forms, keys or other necessary personal effects; and/or
- Ordering the defendant to stay current with rent or mortgage payments and/or utilities or other necessary services and financially support minor children (CGS § 46b-115(c)).
How We Can Help.
Attorneys Audrey Felsen and Bruce Koffsky are familiar with every aspect of the criminal justice process, and have years of experience handling domestic violence cases and Protective Orders. If you are the victim in a domestic violence, or family violence, offense, contact us to understand your rights as a victim and how to ensure your voice is heard. We will help you identify and effectively convey your concerns to the Court and Family Services representatives to protect you, your children and your future.
Contact a Connecticut Protective Order lawyer today.
As the victim of a domestic violence offense, being involved in the criminal justice process can significantly impact your life. It is important to understand your rights as a victim and the services and protections that are available. If you are the victim of a domestic, or family, violence crime, you should engage an attorney as soon as possible.
Consult with attorneys Audrey Felsen and Bruce Koffsky if you have any questions about a domestic violence case, Protective Orders or if you need representation in a domestic or family matter.
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 represent you throughout the criminal justice process, assert your rights and ensure your voice is heard.