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Legal steps you can take when concerned for your safety

Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own homes and in their own personal lives. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone, and you may also find yourself wondering how you can protect yourself and your kids. When the safety and well-being of yourself and your loved ones are at stake, there are certain legal steps you can take. 

Through specific types of legal actions, people can obtain protection from the threat of physical violence, mental abuse and other types of exploitation. If you are in need a restraining order or protective order, you may want to speak to a California attorney regarding your legal options. You do not have to live in fear, but instead, you can take steps to get your life back and start feeling safe again.

Types of order

If you need protection from a specific person, there are a few different types of legal protection options available to you. It can be helpful to know the differences between them so that you can move forward with the right choice as soon as possible. Types of protective orders include:

  • Restraining orders – This is a legal order that prevents a person from doing certain things, such as coming near you, coming to your home, visiting your work and more. These orders can be part of a family law case, but they can also pertain to another type of civil case.
  • Emergency protective orders – This is an order that typically involves domestic violence or the imminent threat of violence. This may lead to the removal of guns and weapons from a home, and the aggressor may have to leave the home as well.
  • Protective orders – This is a type of order that may be valid for several years. It can prohibit certain things, such as texting you, calling you, coming within a certain distance of you and more. It can also order an abuser to move out of a home or remove guns from the home.

An attorney can evaluate your situation and determine which type of protective order may work best for you and others who live in your home. Sadly, many people don't realize that the law is on their side and they have options through which they can protect themselves. If you are afraid for your own safety or you think your kids could be in some kind of danger, do not delay in getting the support and guidance you need.

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