Kern Domestic Violence Attorneys
Understanding Domestic Violence Cases in CA
If you or somebody you know is currently suffering from domestic violence, please consider contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline by calling 1-800-787-3224 or texting "START" to 88788. If you're in Kern County, this list of resources may also be helpful. Stay safe.
Domestic violence cases can be challenging to navigate, particularly if you're not sure what your options are concerning protections you may be able to receive.
At Divorced By Design, our Kern County domestic violence lawyers can help you pursue the best outcome in your case, working with you to explore options such as obtaining different types of protective orders.
To schedule a consultation with our Bakersfield domestic violence lawyer and receive the help and support you deserve for your domestic violence case, contact us online or via phone at (661) 760-2872.
Understanding Domestic Violence in CA
Under California law, if a current or former partner, co-parent, cohabitant, or family member conducts one of the following acts against you, it qualifies as an act of domestic violence:
- Causes you physical injury, or attempts to do so. This includes actions such as striking, molesting, battering, or attacking you;
- Commits or attempts to commit an act of sexual assault against you;
- Threatens you or harasses you, in person or through other means such as via phone calls, emails, texts, and social media messages;
- Disturbs your peace on your property, including coercing you into isolating yourself from support systems, friends and family, depriving you of your basic needs, or attempting to control, regulate, or monitor your actions in some other way, either by force or through emotional abuse; or
- Stalks you.
If an individual commits the following acts against you, you may be able to receive a restraining order against them.
How Do I File a Restraining Order?
Filing a restraining order is not often a decision lightly made. The way in which a restraining order is filed is typically dependent on the unique circumstances of the occurence that led to filing a restraining order. In California, survivors/victims of domestic violence can receive one of the following types of protective orders:
- Emergency protective order (EPO). Emergency protective orders are typically issued at the site of domestic violence occurrences. If a law enforcement professional (LEP) shows up to a disturbance and believes a restraining order is necessary, they can contact a judge, who will immediately issue an EPO. Judges typically only issue EPOs if they believe an individual is at immediate risk of suffering further violence if an EPO is not issued.
- Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). If you are suffering from domestic violence, you can go to a local court and apply for a restraining order. If the judge presiding over the case believes you are at risk of further harm if you do not receive a restraining order, they can issue a TRO to protect you until the court arranges a full hearing for your case, even if the other party isn't present at the time the TRO is issued. After issuing a TRO, courts typically try to establish a hearing within three weeks.
- Permanent Protective Order (PPO). At the hearing, both parties have the opportunity to present their cases to the court. After hearing from both parties, the court will decide whether to issue a PPO. Despite the moniker, PPOs are often not permanent - by default, they last three years in California, although they can last as many as five if the court deems it necessary. However, if you believe you are still at risk at the time your PPO is about to expire, you can request an extension. The court will review your case, after which it will decide whether an extension is necessary.
What Can a Restraining Order Do for Me?
Obtaining a restraining order has a wide range of benefits for individuals suffering from domestic violence. Obtaining a restraining order could:
- Order the alleged abuser to leave any property you share with them;
- Prevent the alleged abuser from coming within a certain distance of you at any time;
- Prevent the alleged abuser from coming within a certain distance of your family;
- Order the alleged abuser to relinquish custody of your children;
- Order the alleged abuser to relinquish control of certain items, such as guns, that could be used to perpetrate further harm;
- And more.
At Divorced By Design, our Kern County domestic violence attorneys have experience helping survivors/victims of domestic violence pursue and obtain a wide range of domestic orders. We'll work with you to ensure you pursue an outcome in your domestic violence case that enables you to thrive.
Our team is here to shoulder the legal burden of your case so that you can focus on caring for your family.
We understand you have questions, our firm provides free consultations to help get you started in the right direction.
We understand that dealing with a family law dispute is never easy. We want to help ease that burden by making ourselves available when you need us most.
Our attorneys will customize their strategy to you and your needs, helping you identify and pursue a positive resolution in your case.
There are those few times over the years that I have had the honor to work with a professional who I knew as soon as they began speaking—this is an outstanding professional and an incredible person—working with you was one of those times.- Beverly