Protect Yourself or a Loved One by Filing a Protection Order
With a background in both family law and criminal defense, the team of attorneys at Dunsing, Deakins & Galera, LLC, can represent your case if you feel threatened by another party or if you feel that you have been wrongfully accused of endangering someone. No matter which side of the case you are on, we understand the importance of protecting your family members as well as protecting your own interests. A protection order lawyer can guide you through the process of obtaining protection from another party or represent you if you are defending yourself from the order. Attorneys Fred A. Dunsing and Joseph W. Galera offer free consultations at our offices in Avon and Denver, CO. To speak with us about your case, call (303) 758-8981 or contact the firm online.
Colorado Laws Surrounding Protection Orders
Also known as restraining orders or orders of protection, protection orders are issued by a court to protect you, your family, or your interests from another individual or party. Depending on the nature of your case, a protection order can prohibit the other person from contacting you, staying in your home, being within a certain distance of your workplace, or contacting your children. These orders can also extend to the other party's right to buy firearms or use alcohol.
In the state of Colorado, there are three different types of protection orders which can be issued by a court:
- Mandatory protection order: In a criminal case, this order prohibits the other party from contacting you until the case is resolved
- Temporary civil protection order: If you feel that another person is posing a threat to you or a family member, you can pursue this type of protection
- Permanent civil protection order: If the court finds that the person you filed a temporary order against is threatening your safety for certain, they can issue a permanent order
Although these acts themselves cannot wholly guarantee your protection, they can hold the other party accountable. Disobeying a court order is a criminal offense, and they could be subject to a fine or jail time for violating orders.
We offer free consultations in every field of our practice, including family law and criminal defense for those who are wrongfully accused of breaching a protection order.
Reasons to Pursue a Protection Order
Every case is unique, and there are several reasons why you might hire an attorney to help you obtain protection orders including:
- Domestic violence: This is the most common use of a protection order and can extend to spouses and exes.
- Protecting your children: If you feel that a parent or individual is endangering your children, you may pursue a protection order. However, you need a family lawyer who can help you navigate custody rights.
- Deterring stalkers: If someone you know or a stranger is threatening your personal privacy or well-being, Colorado law protects you against them.
- Unlawful sexual contact: Victims of sexual assault may be entitled to protection orders.
- Elder abuse: If you or someone you know is being deliberately mistreated or neglected, a protection order may help.
The State of Colorado recommends that anyone who feels threatened or endangered by another party pursue an order of protection, as it can provide "speedy relief, personal protection, and ease." If approved, these orders are usually issued on the same day.
Defending Your Reputation
As experienced criminal defense attorneys who have served on dozens of cases, we can also protect you if a protection order is filed against you. We understand how important your well-being and reputation are. If a family member is threatening an order against you or wrongfully claims you violated the order currently against you, we can help. After learning about your case, our team can compile evidence which supports your case and secures the best outcome.
Contact Our Office
In preparation for your consultation, we encourage you to compile an incident checklist which helps us understand why you are seeking protection orders. We offer free consultations in every field of our practice, including family law and criminal defense for those who are wrongfully accused of breaching a protection order. Learn more by contacting our attorneys at (303) 758-8981 or via our online contact form.