Domestic violence is both physically and emotionally devastating, and we fully understand just how hard it is to break the pattern of abuse and go to the authorities. However, if you have been abused or have been accused of abuse, it is time to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer who can help protect you from incurring further damages. The Greene County domestic violence lawyers of The Colwell Group, LLC are experienced in handling cases through family law courts in New York State, and aggressively defend our clients in every way possible. Contact us to learn more about how we can be your advocate through a domestic violence case.
Filing a Petition for an Order of Protection
If you believe that you are in imminent danger, your first step should be calling 911. Additionally, if you are in a place at home where you may be seen right now, or are using a computer that your abuser may see, make sure to delete your computer’s history and/or close out this tab quickly if necessary. Once you are in a safe place, it is time to file a petition in family court for an Order of Protection. Family courts provide protection for you in the form of Orders of Protection, while criminal courts punish the abuser for their actions, such as granting jail or prison time. Working with an attorney is a vital part of any Order for Protection and appearing before the court. An experienced domestic violence attorney will counsel you through the entire process and ensure that you are given the maximal amount of protection available.