When relationships become dangerous, or if an elderly person is being taken advantage of, quick action is often needed. A restraining order can go into effect right away to protect the petitioner from immediate harm, if the court commissioners finds that the legal requirements are met. Restraining orders put the threatening individual on notice regarding legal requirements and the interactions they are no longer allowed to have with you. If they violate the protective order, police are authorized to take action to ensure your safety. To effectively obtain all the benefits from a restraining order, you should contact an experienced restraining order attorney in Bellingham.
Experienced and compassionate attorneys at Cha & Alexander Law Firm, P.S. can move quickly to obtain a restraining order for you or a loved one. Our attorneys will advocate for you in the protective order process. We will work with you to gather information and evidence you need to meet the court’s requirements, including photographs, video, witnesses, text messages, or social media posts.
In Washington courts, most restraining orders are referred to as protective orders. There are several types:
- Vulnerable Adult Protective Orders: These restraining orders protect elders from abandonment, abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect. They are often needed when a family member is using a power of attorney to steal money, or where the family member is coercing an elderly person into transferring funds.
- Anti-harassment Protective Orders: These restraining orders protect victims from harassers who unreasonably interfere with the petitioner’s privacy or who create an intimidating, hostile or offensive living environment for the petitioner. They are often needed for stalkers or other harassers attempting to unlawfully intimidate someone.
- Sexual Assault Protective Orders: These restraining orders protect victims from non-consensual sexual conduct, including a single incident of non-consensual sexual conduct or non-consensual sexual penetration. They are often needed to protect a child from an abuser.
- Domestic Violence Protective Orders: These restraining orders protect victims from violence perpetrated by someone they live with. These are often needed to provide legal protection for a victim trying to escape an abusive relationship.
Tragically, protective orders are sometimes used inappropriately, as a weapon. Petitioners may make false or misleading claims. If someone is seeking a restraining order against you based on false information, our compassionate and experienced attorneys can help you defend against the allegations.