At DeSanto Law Firm we help individuals and families in and around Youngstown, Ohio with family law matters including divorce, child custody and domestic violence issues. In addition, we help people through Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies and foreclosures. Our goal is to make the legal process as easy as possible for our clients by being accessible and guiding them through each step. Our attorneys can be reached 24 hours a day, weekdays, evenings and on the weekend. To speak with a lawyer at the firm contact us online or by calling 330-702-8800.
Domestic violence is defined as attempting to cause, or causing, bodily injury or placing the other person in fear of imminent physical harm. This can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and threats. If you have been threatened by a family or household member there are several protections that you can request.
Orders of protection
Orders include a host of protections such as:
- Prohibit the abuser from contacting, attacking, striking, telephoning or disturbing the peace of the victim
- Force the abuser to move from a residence shared with the victim
- Order the abuser to stay away from the victim, his or her place of residence and place of employment
- Order the abuser to attend counseling
- Prohibit the abuser from purchasing a firearm
Also knows as an "ex parte order" a restraining order requires the abusive cohabitant to temporarily vacate the premises. Issued only after the abuse victim seeks it, this order is sometimes referred to as a temporary restraining order. In Ohio a family or household member includes any of the following who is living with the offender or who has lived with the offender: a spouse, person living as a spouse, former spouse, parent, foster parent or child of the offender.
Violation of Orders
Violation of an order of protection is the equivalent of contempt of a court order. In many areas, police policy is to arrest violators automatically. A violator can also be fined and jailed and could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.
Contact an Attorney at DeSanto Law Firm Today
At DeSanto Law Firm we are dedicated to protecting your rights and your safety. We will help you through each step of the legal process. Our office is conveniently located in Canfield, Ohio on Boardman-Canfield Road and our regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with evening and weekend appointments available. Contact us online or by calling 330-702-8800 for a consultation.