Hiring a Restraining Order Attorney: Orange County’s Gregory W. Cabo Provides Details about the Process


Gregory W. Cabo is a knowledgable family law lawyer who guides clients through some of their most difficult challenges. With his experience as a restraining order attorney, Orange County clients can establish their rights, protect themselves, and secure the well-being of their children.

Typically, clients approach Mr. Cabo with a lot of questions about what a restraining order is. Television and movies often depict the process incorrectly, and so it’s important to talk with an Orange County restraining order attorney about what to expect and how to file. Learn more below.

About Restraining Orders

A restraining order comes from the court. Essentially, it limits one person’s interactions with another person. After an order is in place, If the person against whom the order is filed doesn’t follow the restraining order, he / she may go to jail.

Usually, people seek restraining orders to protect themselves from domestic violence,  abuse or harassment. With a filing from a restraining order attorney, Orange County family law courts may issue a domestic violence restraining order  against a spouse, relative, cohabitant, or someone the person is dating.

Making the choice to file a restraining order is a serious decision. Clients seek them to prevent physical violence and unwanted behavior, such as stalking or making threats. If you don’t know whether a restraining order applies to your situation, it’s important to ask a legal professional.

The Process

If you need a restraining order, you will apply to  your local family law court. The court will review your application for a restraining order, and it will take into consideration whether or not there has been past acts of  domestic violence, abuse  harassment, or imminent treats of violence. For example, if the person against whom you are filing is reading your mail without permission, calling you and making threats, or showing up at your place of work to intimidate you, these all may be factors in the court’s decision. Your attorney can help you to prepare the filing so that the court properly conciders your request for a restraining order.

Once the order is in place, the other party will be restricted from approaching you and your house, car, and place of business. When children are involved, the restraining order may address their protection as well, including orders of custody and visistation and child support orders.

Parents are often concerned about filing a restraining order against the child’s father or mother because the abuser lives in the house with them. Your attorney can help you to get an immediate temporary restraining order. Typically, the judge will consider your request for a temporary restraining order on the same day it is filed.  A court will then set a second hearing date before making the restraining order permanent.

Sometimes, parties going through a divorce will file false allegations of domestic violence to gain an advantage in their case.  Attorney Gregory Cabo also represents clients who have been accused of domestic violence to protect their rights and defend against false allegations of abuse.

If you are in an emergency involving domestic violence, immediately contact the police by calling 911. If there is probable cause, the police can obtain an immediate “emergency protective order” protecting you for a few days until you can apply for a permanent restraining order with the court.

It’s understandable to have anxiety about this and other aspects of the process. Your lawyer is there to provide you with legal guidance and with confidence in the steps you’re taking to protect yourself. If you have questions about restraining orders, contact the Orange County offices of attorney Gregory W. Cabo for a free phone consultation. Call (714) 771-2227.

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