Obtaining protective orders can help ensure that you and your family members are safe in the event you are experiencing domestic violence or other serious issues related to someone close to you. Conversely, having a protective order placed against you can significantly limit your rights. At Randall Page, P.C., our Virginia protective orders attorneys understand the laws surrounding these issues, and we are ready to help. Whether you need assistance in obtaining a protective order or assistance defending yourself from false allegations being used to obtain a protective order against you, we are standing by. Our attorneys regularly assist clients in the Courtland, Suffolk, Emporia, and Lawrenceville areas, so call us today.
In Virginia, the courts are authorized by law to issue three types of protective orders when dealing with family abuse allegations. This includes emergency protective orders, preliminary protective orders, and protective orders.
These orders can be obtained 24 hours a day, every day of the week. That is an incredibly important aspect for anyone to understand because emergency issues often arise outside of normal business operating hours. Emergency protective orders can be issued by any circuit court, a general district court, juvenile and domestic relations courts, or any magistrate.
If the courts are closed when you need an emergency protective order, a magistrate will be available in the area where you reside who can issue these orders. If the matter at hand is related to a police response, the law enforcement officials may also be able to obtain an emergency protective order on your behalf.
These orders can be based solely on the statements you make to law enforcement or the magistrate and do not require any additional evidence. However, these issues expire automatically at 11:59 PM on the third day following issuance (unless the court is not in session on that third day, then the order will expire the following day). In order to continue a protective order, you will need to file a petition in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for the jurisdiction that issued the emergency protective order, for a preliminary protective order.
A preliminary protective order is designed to provide victims protection from alleged perpetrators of abuse while they are awaiting a court date for evidence to be heard on whether to implement a full protective order. The hearing must be held within 15 days of the issuance of preliminary protective order.
The courts are allowed to issue preliminary protective orders without notice to the defendant if the person seeking the order states, under oath, that they face “immediate and present danger” or “evidence sufficient to establish probable cause that family abuse has recently occurred.”
At the hearing, both parties will be able to present evidence to the court. If the allegations are proven, the court may issue a full protective order.
In cases involving family abuse, the court may decide to issue a protective order to protect the health and safety of the petitioner, the petitioner’s family, or their household members. The court can issue protective orders for a specific period of time, but no more than two years total. Prior to the expiration of a protective order in Virginia, the petitioner may file a motion requesting an extension.
At Randall Page, P.C., our Virginia protective orders attorneys thoroughly understand the laws regarding these issues, and we are ready to get to work helping you today. Whether you need a protective order against another person or are trying to defend yourself against allegations that could result in a protective order against you, we are here to help. Our attorneys regularly assist clients in the Courtland, Suffolk, Emporia, and Lawrenceville areas. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling 757-517-8956.