Defending Against Family Abuse And Neglect Protective Orders
Accusations of domestic violence or neglect are not always leveled solely against spouses or romantic partners. Parents, adult children and others can all be subjected to a Family Abuse Protective Order, upending their lives and interfering with their relationships and future.
At Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White, P.C., we have helped many Leesburg clients defend against allegations of familial violence or neglect. We fight hard to give our clients a voice in every situation.
Who Can Be Subjected To A Family Abuse Protective Order In Virginia?
While many think of orders arising after altercations between spouses and involving divorce, a Family Abuse Protective Order can be issued against anyone defined as a family member or part of the same household as the alleged victim. Family Abuse Protective Orders are issued in all kinds of situations, and the victim can be living with or apart from the perpetrator. For example, they might be used to protect elderly or disabled family members from abuse or neglect by their sons, daughters and other relatives. They are also used when actual harm has already been done to a family member or threats of harm have been made against family members.
What Are The Potential Consequences Of A Family Abuse Protective Order?
Any allegations of domestic violence or neglect need to be taken seriously. An Emergency Protective Order (EPO) is only temporary, but a permanent protective order can easily follow – and that lasts for up to two years. That can end up separating you from the people you love for a long time. In addition, you may also face significant criminal charges related to the incident behind the protective order, and that can lead to fines, imprisonment, the loss of certain rights and a criminal record that will haunt you into the future.
Let An Experienced Defense Attorney Help You Fight Back
You need the assistance of someone willing to listen to your story and help you decide how to best handle the situation. At SSHW, we work hard to protect the rights of every client and be responsive to their needs.