Board Certified Las Vegas Family Lawyers
Regardless of gender, there is nothing more important than the safety of our clients. Anyone who is subjected to acts of domestic violence can seek immediate court ordered protection. There are two forms of protective orders which are available in Nevada: Temporary Protective Orders and Extended Protective Orders.
Temporary Protective Orders (TPO)
A TPO is usually applied for in what is known as an "ex parte" manner. This means that the applicant does not have to inform the adverse party that an application is being filed. Temporary Protective Orders usually last 30 days or less and are granted after a review of the TPO application.
The TPO is then served upon the adverse party. From that point on, the adverse party must abide by all limitations contained in the protective order, until such time as the protective order expires or is terminated by the court. The applicant and adverse party cannot terminate the protective order by simply verbally agreeing to do so. It must be done through the courts.
Protective orders often include the types of contact the adverse party is allowed to have with the applicant, if any. It can limit the adverse party from being within a certain vicinity such as a home, school, and/or place of employment. It can also require the adverse party to surrender firearms or forbid the adverse party from removing children from Nevada.
Extended Protective Order
If the TPO application is approved, a court hearing may be scheduled to determine if the TPO should be extended to a permanent order. Both the applicant and the adverse will have the opportunity to present their case. The TPO Hearing Master, which is similar to a judge, will decide to extend the TPO or not. An extended order of protection usually lasts one year or less.
The Importance of Abiding by a Protective Order
Regardless of the form of protective order, it is imperative that the order be abided by. Failure to do so can result in immediate arrest. The penalties for violating a temporary order can include up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. The penalties for violating a permanent order can include up to five years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
Different Forms of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is not limited to acts of physical violence. It can also take the form of stalking and harassment. This can include verifiable threats of bodily harm, contacting your employer, visiting your workplace, repeatedly calling you, having utilities turned off in your residence, etc.
Immediate Actions on Your Behalf
We take any form of domestic violence seriously. If we determine that a domestic violence situation has occurred, we will not hesitate to act swiftly and file a TPO application on your behalf. If you have a protective order filed against you and you believe the applicant's allegations are false, it is important to get legal representation immediately.
False Allegations of Domestic Violence
We will never be a party to a frivolous accusation of domestic violence intended to "gain position" in a Las Vegas divorce proceedings.
If any form of domestic violence has been committed against you, or you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, Las Vegas divorce attorneys, Jennifer V. Abrams
, Vincent Mayo
and Brandon Leavitt
, can immediately offer experienced legal representation on your behalf.
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