What is an Emergency Protective Order?
Riverside County Family Law & Domestic Violence Lawyers
An emergency protective order (EPO) is a type of
restraining order issued by a judge at the request of a law enforcement officer. This is
needed when there is an issue involving domestic violence, child abuse,
child sexual abuse, elder abuse, or child neglect. This type of restraining
order is usually issued after law enforcement has been called to a residence
based on a report of abuse. If an officer feels that there is a threat
of potential danger after the reported violation, they will speak with
a judge or court official to obtain an emergency protective order.
If you need to obtain an emergency protective order, or if one has been
issued against you, it is advisable that you speak with a divorce lawyer
immediately. Our firm can advise you of your rights and inform you of
the terms surrounding the EPO. A Murrieta family law attorney from our
firm can also address any questions or concerns you may have about this
form of a restraining order and its effects on you and your family.
About Emergency Protective Orders
The purpose of an EPO is the protection of adults and children from abusive
behavior and there are a variety of types of orders that court can be
asked to issue. Threats, stalking, annoying phone calls, undesired sexual
touching, destroying personal property, hitting and others can each be
grounds for an EPO. Those requiring the protection of an EPO can be a
spouse or ex-spouse, a person you lived with, a dating partner or a relative
by blood or through marriage.
An EPO is a very temporary measure, lasting for just days. An additional
restraining order will need to be issued by the court, followed by a hearing,
for more lasting relief. Emergency protective orders are a legal process
best addressed by a knowledgeable Riverside family lawyer who is willing
to fight hard to protect your rights. We stand ready to combat frivolous
orders issued against individuals. We are equally prepared to fight to
keep you and your children from harm when an EPO is necessary against
domestic abuse or violence.
Contact us at (951) 506-6654 for a free consultation. We serve Murrieta, Temecula
& Riverside County.