If you are a victim of domestic violence, you may be able to file for an injunction, also known as a restraining order, without a lawyer. However, it is highly recommended that you seek legal assistance before doing so. The process of filing for an injunction can be complicated, and an experienced attorney can help ensure that your rights are fully protected.
The petition must include certain information about you and the person you are seeking protection from, including your relationship to the person, any previous incidents of violence, and any current threats of violence. Once the petition is filed, a judge will review it and decide whether or not to issue the injunction.
If you are granted an injunction, the person you have filed against will be served with the order and will be required to abide by its terms. The order may require the person to stay a certain distance away from you, refrain from contacting you, and/or surrender any firearms they may possess. Violation of an injunction is a criminal offense, and the person may be subject to arrest if they do not comply with the terms of the order.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important to understand your legal rights and options. Filing for an injunction can be a complicated process, but an experienced attorney can help ensure that your rights are fully protected.