Washington Attorney Defends Clients Facing Domestic Violence Orders
Skilled lawyer represents Tacoma residents accused of abuse or threats
At Law Office of Howard Comfort III, I understand the damage that an order of protection against you can have on your life. A restraining order, injunction or another type of civil directive could prevent you from seeing your family or even returning to your own home. These orders place a range of restrictions on people accused of domestic violence, but in general, they force a person to stay away from the person who files the order and cease any form of contact with them. I will provide a strong defense aimed at protecting your rights and freedom in the Tacoma area and throughout Washington.
Proven advocate explains how protective orders work
All restraining orders are intended to protect victims of abuse by restricting the behavior of the targeted individual. This is meant to help people claiming abuse to live without fear of harm. In some cases, however, the system doesn’t work as it should and people are treated unfairly due to a misunderstanding or issue with their relationship.
I can help you understand exactly how civil domestic violence orders are established and enforced in Washington. These orders may take different names depending on the jurisdiction, but often include provisions such as:
- Stay-away provisions — These provisions require the accused to stay a certain distance away from the person who filed the order and may be extended to protect children as well. Defendants may also need to stay away from the victim’s home, school and place of business.
- Cease-abuse provisions — These provisions specifically require an abuser to stop abusing or threatening to abuse the protected person or persons.
- No-contact provisions — Most states allow orders preventing someone from attempting any contact with the protected person. This includes personal contact as well as contact by phone, computer, mail or even contact through a third party.
Other common provisions found in certain jurisdictions require the person the order is filed against to surrender firearms or to pay spousal or child support. Some states even issue orders allowing the person seeking the order to take sole possession of vehicles or a living space by forcing the person listed in the order to move out. Regardless of the specific language, I make every effort to undo any unwarranted restrictions or directives.
Effective firm stands up for clients in modification and enforcement actions
After a protective order or a similar type of injunction or restraint has been enacted, you do have options. My firm works to modify directives that overreach or whose terms do not reflect the current circumstances. It is particularly important to seek revisions in cases where the order prevents you from maintaining a close relationship with your child. If you’ve been accused of violating the terms of a domestic violence order, I vigorously counter false claims against you and work to stop any unfair punishment.
Contact a skilled Washington attorney to fight a protective order
If someone has sought an order of protection to limit your rights, Law Office of Howard Comfort III in Tacoma will provide the skilled and efficient representation you need. Call me at 253-272-2206 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my office.