Domestic Violence Charges And Civil Protection Orders

A civil protection order is a powerful legal document that orders an alleged abuser to stop all contact with his or her victim. If you are the victim of domestic violence, stalking or violent threats, a civil protection order can provide you with a safeguard against further violence.

I am attorney Andrea Hirsch. My firm represents both those who are victims of domestic violence and those who have been accused of abuse.

Helping Victims Stop Domestic Abuse

Washington, D.C., and Maryland offer two kinds of civil protection orders, or restraining orders. The first is an ex parte order. This is temporary in nature and can be secured without the presence of the alleged abuser.

The second type of civil protection order is more permanent in nature. In order to secure it you must face your abuser in court. During this hearing, both sides have the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses may testify. At the end of the hearing the judge decides whether or not to issue the order.

I will do whatever needs to be done to keep you and your children safe — whether that means filing an initial ex parte order, or building a case to secure more permanent protection.

Defending Those Accused Of Domestic Violence

Having a civil protection order issued against you can have lasting effects on your life. Orders may interfere with your ability to co-parent your children, you may lose your security clearance and finding a job may be difficult. If you violate the protection order, you can be held in contempt of court and be sent to jail.

Civil protection orders are also public records, meaning anyone can access the information.

If you've been accused of domestic violence, you need a lawyer to protect your interests. I have almost 20 years of family law experience. I will do everything in my power to protect your interests and prevent civil protection orders from being issued against you.

Oftentimes, an out-of-court agreement is the best approach. When possible, I negotiate a private agreement between the parties that resolves the issue at hand while avoiding the legal and social consequences associated with public civil protection orders.

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Contact my firm today at 202-480-2160. Consultations are free.