Restraining Orders

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When you or your family feel that your safety is at risk due to a threat or harassment by another party, it’s time to file a restraining order.

Or, maybe you’re the one on the receiving end of a restraining order, and you’re worried about how restraining orders in San Diego will impact your and your family’s future.

In either scenario, it is natural to be afraid of the unknown and feel misunderstood and alone. That’s where I, attorney Michael C. MacNeil, a restraining order attorney in San Diego, come in. I can help you to navigate the process of filing a restraining order or defending yourself against one in California.

How Do Restraining Orders Work in California?

Restraining orders in San Diego are court orders designed to protect people from physical injury or harassment, as well as any threat of abuse, injury, or psychological abuse. You may seek a restraining order against one of your family members or even against a non-family member who has threatened your safety or harassed you. Therefore, it is not a requirement for you and the other person to be romantically involved or married for you to obtain a restraining order.

Restraining Orders That Can Be Filed in California

You may file one of four kinds of restraining orders in San Diego and other parts of California. A person who violates any of these orders can be arrested:

  • The first type of order is an emergency order, which mostly law enforcement uses. This kind of order is temporary, lasting five days, and it is often used in criminal cases, such as domestic violence cases.
  • The second kind of restraining order is a temporary order, which is a civil order that lasts three weeks. The temporary order is often used in cases involving domestic violence. However, the order can be extended so that it lasts three years.
  • The third type of order is a criminal order. You can obtain this order through the office of the district attorney. The person against whom you file this order cannot have contact with you while the order is in place.
  • Finally, the fourth type of order is a civil harassment order. This order provides protection from people who are harassing or threatening you.

Tap into the Restraining Order Expertise of Attorney Michael C. MacNeil

If you are in need of a restraining order, or if you’re trying to defend yourself against restraining orders in San Diego, I, Michael C. MacNeil, can help.

I offer free, completely confidential, and comprehensive consultations so that my clients understand what their rights and options are when facing restraining order issues. Contact me to learn more about how I can help you to protect yourself and your rights today.