Domestic violence is one of the most difficult events anyone can encounter. If you, or your children, need protection, we are there to guide you through the process and obtain a protection order.
In Minnesota, civil relief comes in the form of Order for Protection (OFP), and Harassment Protection Orders (HRO). The type of protection order you need will depend on the facts of your case. Even if there are criminal charges involving your case, you may still need to seek help to ensure your family is protected. We can help you though the process.
A victim of domestic violence or harassment files a petition and/or affidavit. These documents tell the court your story and why you need a restraining or protection order. A temporary protection order will restrain the perpetrator from contacting or interacting with the you, including contact through third parties, including family members. Depending on the type of protection order, a court may award temporary physical custody, supervised parenting time, use of a home, child support and/or spousal support, and attorney fees. A hearing may be necessary, depending on the type of protection order, and is often scheduled within 14 days of the date of the temporary order.
We will help you prepare the petitions and affidavits necessary to receive a protection order. Our attorneys will appear at hearings and help you through this process. If you are in danger, contact law enforcement first. We cannot arrest or charge anyone with a crime and your first priority should be to protect you and your family from harm.
Likewise, if you are wrongfully accused of abuse or harassment, our attorneys are here to make sure that your side comes out. We will help you draft responsive affidavits and appear on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected from false allegations.