Professional Domestic Violence Attorneys
In Utah, domestic violence charges refer to physical harm, violence, or the threat of harm or violence toward a cohabitant. These types of crimes can be dangerous and impactful for the victims and the families involved and must be taken seriously to ensure protection and safety. During these situations, emotions run high, and fear is often present. The family law domestic violence attorneys of Porter Law Firm offer our compassionate support and aggressive legal backing to help individuals facing a domestic violence case. Our experienced attorneys will tirelessly defend your rights and best interests to ensure you feel safe and protected.
Obtaining a Protective Order
If you fear for your safety, a protective or no contact order can be implemented to keep the opposing party away from you, your family, and your property. A protective order is a legally binding document that turns contact in any form into a crime. These orders include stipulations, such as:
- The offender must not contact you
- The offender must not go near you, your family, or your property
- The offender must not harm or threaten you or your family
- The offender must not possess a weapon
- You may be granted temporary custody and support
Violation of a Protective Order
You will be subject to severe penalties if you violate a protective order. If the domestic violence charge that prompted the protective order was classified as a misdemeanor, the violation will be a Class A misdemeanor. However, if the original charge was a felony, the violation will result in a third-degree felony. These consequences may include extended jail time and fines.
Violation of a No Contact Order
No contact and protective orders are slightly different, as they are filed in varying situations. A no contact order can be ordered by the court, while a victim must request a protective order. If you are found to violate a no contact order, it will be classified as a Class B misdemeanor, which can lead to additional charges and consequences, including fines, probation, and prison, depending on the circumstances.
Consequences of Domestic Violence Convictions
The consequences of a domestic violence conviction may vary depending on the details of the case and the severity of the harm to the victim. Penalties may include probation and fines or more severe repercussions, such as extended prison sentences, and the conviction will be permanently on your record. Furthermore, a domestic violence conviction has consequences that aren’t legal but can be detrimental, including job loss or challenges when trying to secure employment, a tarnished reputation in your community, loss of custody or impacted visitation rights, restrictions on where you are allowed to be, and loss of freedom. Additionally, you may lose your right to possess a firearm.
Choose the Domestic Violence Attorneys at Porter Law Firm
Domestic violence cases are emotionally charged and can compromise your safety. Our professional domestic violence lawyers take a delicate approach to ensure effective legal representation. With an understanding of the law, and legal knowledge and skill, we are equipped to help our clients navigate the legal system as comfortably as possible to ensure the most successful outcome for their case while prioritizing their safety and protection.
Contact Porter Law Firm for Your Domestic Violence Case
If you or a loved one is facing domestic violence, the compassionate domestic violence attorneys at Porter Law Firm are here to help you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with the best domestic violence lawyers and secure the legal protection you need.