Protective Orders Attorney in Houston, Texas

Ensuring the safety and well-being of yourself and your loved ones is paramount. At C.Y. Lee Legal Group, we understand the importance of protection and provide comprehensive legal assistance to secure protective orders.

Whether you're facing threats, harassment, or domestic violence, our dedicated firm is here to help you every step of the way. Reach out to our Houston, Texas, office and let us help you secure peace of mind. 

Understanding Protective Orders 

Protective orders, also known as restraining orders, are legal means of protecting individuals from abuse, threats, harassment, and violence. They can significantly offer both immediate and long-term safety. 

Types of Protective Orders 

When seeking a protective order, it's critical to understand the different categories available: 

  • Emergency Protective Orders (EPO): Issued immediately after a reported incident of abuse or violence, an EPO provides rapid, short-term protection typically lasting from 31 to 61 days. 

  • Temporary Ex Parte Orders: These orders can be obtained without the abuser present, providing immediate protection until a formal court hearing is held. 

  • Final Protective Orders: Granted after a court hearing, these orders can last for up to two years and include a range of stipulations to ensure ongoing safety, such as requiring the abuser to stay away from the victim's home, workplace, and other designated locations. 

Securing a Protective Order 

Securing a protective order can be an emotionally draining process. At C.Y. Lee Legal Group, our family law attorney is committed to providing compassionate guidance to help you through this journey: 

  • Consultation and assessment: We begin by understanding your unique situation and assessing the level of risk and urgency. 

  • Filing the petition: Our attorney will prepare and file the necessary petition for a protective order with the court. 

  • Representation at hearings: We provide legal representation during court hearings to advocate for your safety and present all pertinent evidence and testimonies.

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Violations of Protective Orders 

A protective order only functions effectively if it's adhered to. Should an abuser violate the terms of the protective order, they could face serious legal consequences, including fines and imprisonment. Our team will assist you in documenting violations and pursuing enforcement through the legal system. 

Modifying or Extending a Protective Order 

Life circumstances may change, necessitating the modification or extension of a protective order. Whether you need to extend the duration of protection or adjust the terms to address new threats, our experienced attorney can help you understand your options and take the necessary legal steps. 

Protective Order FAQ 

What is the difference between a temporary and a final protective order? 

A temporary protective order, often called a Temporary Ex Parte Order, is issued quickly and without the abuser's presence to provide immediate protection until a formal court hearing can be held. This order typically lasts until the court date, at which point a judge determines whether a final protective order is necessary. A final protective order comes into effect after a court hearing where both parties can present evidence and arguments. It can last up to two years and includes specific conditions to ensure the ongoing safety of the victim. 

How long does it take to get a protective order? 

The time it takes to obtain a protective order can vary depending on the type and the circumstances. Emergency Protective Orders (EPOs) can be issued within hours of a reported incident of abuse or violence to provide swift relief. Temporary Ex Parte Orders can also be obtained relatively quickly, often within a few days. A final protective order, however, takes longer because it requires a court hearing, which could take several weeks to schedule, depending on the court's calendar. 

What evidence is required to obtain a protective order? 

To obtain a protective order, you need to provide evidence that you have been subjected to abuse, threats, harassment, or violence. This evidence can include police reports, medical records, photographs of injuries, threatening messages (texts, emails, voicemails), and witness testimonies. During the court hearing for a final protective order, you will be required to present this evidence to the judge, who will decide whether the protective order should be granted based on the proof provided. Our attorney will guide you through the process of collecting and presenting all necessary documentation. 

Protective Orders Attorney in Houston, Texas 

Protecting yourself and your loved ones is of utmost importance. The attorney at C.Y. Lee Legal Group is dedicated to offering empathetic and knowledgeable support to those in need of protective orders. Serving Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas, we are ready to help you take swift and effective legal action. Contact us today to discuss your situation and learn how we can assist you in securing a protective order.