Tarrant County Protective Order Attorney

The Stakes are High if You are Being Harassed. Have You Been a Victim of Violence, Stalking or Sexual Abuse, and Need a Fort Worth Lawyer to Help Apply for a Protective Order to Keep Your Abuser Away from You? We Help Get Your Life Back to Normal.

Your home should be a secure environment to share with those you care about and trust. Occasionally, however, household members violate trust and become violent. Domestic violence is physically and emotionally traumatic and determining your next course of action can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, you are not alone in bearing this burden. Youngblood Law, PLLC has assisted numerous men and women escape abusive relationships. Whether someone has threatened or committed violence against you, you can seek a protective order.

Why Choose Youngblood Law, PLLC For Your Protective Order Case?

  • Highly Reviewed & Rated – Superb 10.0 rating by respected legal website Avvo, Highly rated on Google, Super Lawyers Rising Star 2019-2020. See some of our client reviews below.
  • Proven Track Record of Success at Trial – While often the goal is to avoid trial, when we do take a case into court, we are proud of our high success rate even when the odds are stacked against us.
  • Responsive – We pride ourselves in fast response times when communicating with our clients. We will never let your questions or concerns go unaddressed.
  • No Case Is Too Difficult or Complex – This is where our firm’s experience and depth of knowledge come into play. No matter how difficult your case may seem, we fight for you and pursue your best results with tenacity.
  • Straight Shooters – You’ve made an important decision in your life. We respect you for that. You can count on us to give you the honest (sometimes hard) truth about what to expect on the road ahead, so that you can be prepared in every way possible.
  • Because Your Family and Happiness Are at Stake – The smoother and fairer this process goes, the sooner you can get your life back to normal.
  • Caring & Compassionate (truly) – We have a personal connection to divorce and family law matters. We know what you’ve been through, and we care about your well-being. You are more than just a legal matter.
  • Personalized Attention – We understand and respect that every client’s needs are unique. We treat all of our clients with the attention they deserve.
  • We Keep You Updated – We know transparency is important to you. We want you to know what’s happening with your case at all points in the process.
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Domestic Violence in Fort Worth

Intimate partner violence is a much bigger problem than many people realize. In Texas alone, 40.1 percent of women and 34.9 percent of men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Unfortunately, domestic violence often escalates and can be deadly. If you have been abused, contact a Fort Worth domestic violence lawyer today.

We strive to protect victims of domestic violence. We accomplish this by obtaining protective orders and exploring other options.

What Is Domestic Violence?

Texas law states that someone has committed domestic violence if he or she intentionally or knowingly:
  • Causes bodily injury
  • Threatens to cause bodily injury
  • Places a victim in fear of imminent injury
  • Causes contact with someone while knowing the individual will find it offensive or provocative

Do I Need a Protective or Restraining Order?

When you hear the phrase “protective order,” you may immediately think of a restraining order. But these two court orders are not the same and apply to different circumstances. Domestic violence can quickly escalate, so don’t wait to act. If someone has been violent before, they are likely to be so again.

How Does A Protective Order Differ From A Restraining Order?

While many people use the terms “protective order” and “restraining order” interchangeably, they are quite different. Judges often issue restraining orders during contentious divorce cases. These orders prevent parties from behaving in certain ways while the proceedings continue. For instance, a restraining order can prevent the parties from incurring debts or emptying the bank accounts. If someone breaks a restraining order, the court can intervene and can assess penalties.

Protective orders are used to protect victims of domestic violence. Judges have much more discretion when creating protective orders. Also, the police can enforce protective orders. Thus, if someone violates the order, you can call law enforcement. Then, the police can arrest the person if necessary. In addition, your Fort Worth protective order lawyer can report any violations for you if needed.

Protective Orders

A judge may issue a protective order if you are or have been the victim of domestic violence. You can also receive a protective order if someone has threatened you with violence.

As a result, a protective order forbids another person from harming you or threatening to harm you. The protective order extends not only to you but also to your loved ones – even your pets. In addition, per Texas law, an offender cannot carry a gun or have a license to carry one.

All sorts of situations may call for a protective order, including:

  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Stalking
  • Human trafficking

To procure a protective order for domestic violence, the abuser must be close to you or a loved one. For example, they can be a domestic partner or the friend of a domestic partner.

If an offender violates a protective order, they risk arrest and other harsh penalties. A protective order also empowers the police to act if the offender violates the order. The police can arrest the offender in such cases, and a judge can charge the offender with a criminal offense.

A protective order typically lasts about two years in Texas. However, it may last longer than two years in severe cases. There are even protective orders that last for a lifetime.

Who Can File for Protective Orders?

You can obtain a protective order if:

  • If you are or were in a romantic relationship with the abuser.
  • Someone has been physically violent with you.
  • Someone has threatened physical violence.
  • The person is likely to hurt you again.
  • The person is stalking you.

Restraining Orders

A restraining order is a legal document issued in a civil case, most often in a divorce case or lawsuit. The purpose of a restraining order is to maintain civility between opposing parties during the court proceedings.

The restraining order defines how the parties should interact and not interact with each other. The order may also forbid the parties from accessing a joint bank account and other shared assets while the court proceedings are underway. A restraining order does not enlist the police if a party violates the order. Instead, it’s the affected party’s responsibility to notify the court about the violation. Then, the court sets a hearing during which a judge may impose monetary damages and additional restrictions on the offending party.

A restraining order is usually shorter, often lasting for several months. In any case, the order lasts for the duration of the civil court proceedings. However, like protective orders, high-conflict cases may warrant years-long or even indefinite restraining orders.

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What Are the Types of Protective Orders in Texas?

There are four different types of protective orders that could be issued in Texas after an accusation of domestic violence has been made. The limits placed depend on the type of order issued. The four types of Texas protection orders are:

  • Magistrate’s Order for Emergency Protection (MOEP)
  • Twenty-Day Temporary Ex Parte Protective Order
  • Two-Year Protective Order
  • Lifetime Protective Order

As such, protective orders can be issued for emergency situations and they can also be temporary or permanent. Your Fort Worth Protective Order Attorney can help figure out which protective order fits your case best.

Protective Order

If you fear for your safety, or the safety of your child, you can take legal steps TODAY to protect yourself. You can go to court to ask for a protective order to prevent family violence.

The court wants to ensure your safety; and so do we. Contact one of our family violence lawyers for immediate assistance. Call (817) 601-5345. An initial hearing will be scheduled soon after you file your papers.

What are Some Reasons to Apply for a Temporary Restraining Order?

  • If you are concerned that you need to keep your spouse from moving with your kids or otherwise preventing you from having contact with them.
  • If you are worried that your spouse will intentionally waste money, in order to squander your resources.

Note that TROs are often filed and issued in Texas divorce cases. As they prohibit the other spouse from taking certain actions, these orders are not typically driven by the threat of family violence, but rather by the need to keep things as they are — preserving the “status quo” while the divorce is in process. Whether this is a required part of your divorce or a decision you must make will depend on which county you reside in.

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How Can a Protective Order Protect Me, My Children, and My Pets?

  • Communication with, or through another to protected individual or household member in a harassing or threatening way
  • Possession of a firearm
  • Family violence or an act in furtherance of family violence
  • Removal or tampering with the global positioning monitoring system
  • Harm, threats, or interference with the care, custody or control of a pet or companion animal.
  • Going to or near the protected party’s home, work, or school

Both Men and Women Are Victims Of Domestic Violence

There is a belief that only women are victims of domestic violence. However, this issue affects both genders. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 34.9 percent of the men in Texas will experience domestic violence during their lifetimes. In addition, 40.1 percent of Texas women will suffer at the hands of an abuser. Youngblood Law, PLLC helps both men and women obtain domestic violence protective orders against their abusers.

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If these things are what you are looking for in a law firm then contact us to see how we can help you and your family.

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Locally, clients come to us from Fort Worth, Keller, South Lake, Arlington, Mansfield, Hurst, Eulice, Bedford, Saginaw, Azle, Aledo throughout Tarrant County.

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