Wichita Restraining Order Defense Lawyers
Helping the Accused in Sedgwick County & South Central Kansas
Restraining orders can severely hinder your daily life. These orders of protection are meant to protect against abuse and are generally connected with domestic violence allegations, harassment, and sexual assault. If you have had a restraining order or a protection from abuse or stalking petition filed against you, or if you have been accused of violating one, you should seek the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer at Hulnick, Stang, Gering & Leavitt. With an entire team of attorneys who have earned 10.0 Superb Avvo Ratings, we can advocate in your defense of an alleged violation.
Types of Protective Orders in Kansas
Once a temporary restraining order has been issued, a court hearing will be scheduled, at which time you will be able to present evidence favorable to your case. It is vital that you have strong representation in this matter or in any alleged violation of a protective order to present your side of the story, and to challenge the accusations made against you. We urge you to contact Hulnick, Stang, Gering & Leavitt so that we can put together an effective defense.
In Kansas, restraining orders can include:
- Emergency Protective Orders: ordered by law enforcement in circumstances when the court cannot be reached or when physical harm to the alleged victim appears imminent, usually lasting for about a week
- Temporary Protective Orders: ordered when it is deemed that the alleged victim is threatened with harm; ordered before the case can be heard before a judge and in effect only until then
- Domestic Violence Restraining Order: ordered in family abuse cases that have had a formal hearing and ruling by the court; can be put into effect for years with renewal
Protective orders will prohibit you from contacting a person or from being present at specific activities and locations. Generally, you will not be permitted to contact the alleged victim, whether in person, by phone, email, or text. In cases where children are involved, you may not be able to have contact with them, which may cause Family Law issues. In addition, you may be prohibited from entering your home.
What are the Penalties for Violating Orders of Protection?
If you are convicted of violating an order of protection than you could face serious penalties. In the state of Kansas, a violation of a protective order is gnerally a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to a year in jail with fines up to $2,500. However if you have previous offenses than you will face felony charges and this could result in a prison sentence up to 46 months. Additionally if your violation lead to assault or battery than you could be facing a Class B misdemeanor.
Let Hulnick, Stang, Gering & Leavitt help you protect your rights. We offer free consultations to help you better understand the legal options you have available.