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Are You The Target Of A Protective Order?

Protective orders are designed to protect those who feel threatened by an abusive spouse, partner or relative. They should not be taken lightly.

Unfortunately, orders of protection can be misused. Perhaps the threat was overstated, or a partner is alleging domestic abuse to gain leverage in a custody dispute. In either case, responding to a protective order requires careful guidance. Missteps could lead to further criminal consequences for you.

Attorney Michael Spano is the criminal trial lawyer in upstate New York. If you have been accused of domestic violence, he can help you defend your rights and privileges.

What Does An Order Of Protection Do?

More colloquially known as a restraining order, orders of protection in New York prevent alleged abusers from interacting with alleged victims. Specifically, they can prohibit you from:

  • Visiting the alleged victim’s home or workplace
  • Calling the alleged victim on the phone
  • Texting the alleged victim
  • Sending the alleged victim letters, gifts, flowers or anything else
  • Commenting on the alleged victim’s social media pages or attempting to chat with him or her via social media platforms or internet forums
  • Following or interacting with the alleged victim in any way

If you own any weapons or firearms, you may also be required to surrender them to the authorities, depending on the case.

As you can see, protective orders can severely limit your freedom and options for trying to resolve matters on your own. Once the law has gotten involved, you won’t be able to seek a resolution without your own legal help.

The court does not need your consent or input to issue an order of protection, so if you have been served with one, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer — like Michael Spano.

What Happens If You Violate A Protective Order?

In New York, it is mandatory for police to arrest anyone who commits family violence or violates any provision of a protective order. So, you must tread carefully when dealing with a protective order. One text message, “a quick phone call,” or even stopping by to grab your stuff can all land you in jail once an order has been served.

With more than 30 years of experience — including time served as a top Onondaga County prosecutor — Michael Spano can help you navigate these treacherous pitfalls. He can help you respond appropriately and work diligently to resolve the issue in such a way that preserves your rights and freedoms.

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To discuss your case with criminal trial attorney in upstate New York, call 315-350-3975 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.