Charges of domestic abuse in California carry serious consequences in both criminal and family courts, resulting in restraining orders, fines, the restriction or loss of custody or visitation privileges, the loss of use of firearms and jail time.

At the Law Offices of Ruth Lynn Estep, we have been helping men and women throughout the Greater Los Angeles area to deal with domestic violence-related issues for 15+ years.

Stopping Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is defined as violence that occurs in the home, usually between family members, spouses, or partners. If you are a victim of domestic violence, the first thing to do is call the police.

Once the police have been called and you have been removed from any danger, you can request an emergency restraining order from the officer on-scene. This order may be issued at any time, day or night, and will usually remain in effect for several days. During this time, you should consider seeking out the advice and counsel of a domestic violence lawyer.

Southern California Spousal Abuse Attorneys

Our firm is very familiar with the procedures involved in obtaining restraining orders. We can go to court on your behalf, on an emergency basis and without notice to the perpetrator (in some cases), in order to get a temporary restraining order or permanent restraining order issued against the person who is hurting you.

In order to get a long-term restraining order from the court, the alleged victim must have evidence that they are afraid of the perpetrator and that their fear is based on past domestic violence and the threat of future violence. If the court grants the restraining order, and the perpetrator violates the order, the victim can call the police and have the perpetrator arrested.

Child Custody and Domestic Violence

In the context of family law, particularly child custody disputes, restraining orders can be problematic. If you have a restraining order taken out against you, and you are involved in a child custody dispute, you will be at a disadvantage. It is important to seek legal counsel immediately in order to protect your civil rights.

Likewise, if you are the victim of violence and have taken a restraining order out on someone with whom you are involved in a custody dispute, it is equally important to seek legal counsel immediately to ensure that the court hears all necessary and relevant evidence that your legal counsel can gather.

Our firm has handled hundreds of custody disputes that involve violence. Our experience and compassion has shown us over the years that delaying legal counsel can sometimes result in devastating decisions rendered by the court.

Call today for a free initial consultation. We want to help you.