Compassionate Domestic Violence Lawyers Representing Clients in Otsego County, New York

Unfortunately, domestic violence remains a major problem. New York authorities take all reports of domestic violence seriously. The Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act requires police officers to respond to all reported incidents. According to data provided by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), law enforcement officers responded to more than 450,000 cases of alleged domestic violence in 2013 alone.

Not only is domestic violence a serious criminal issue, but it could have a major impact on a person’s family law rights. At The Colwell Law Group, our Otsego County domestic violence attorneys have a deep knowledge of the state’s domestic violence laws. We have the skills and experience required to help people protect themselves against domestic violence. In addition, we can also protect your family law rights if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence.


How to Obtain an Order of Protection in Otsego County

If you or your child was the victim of domestic violence, you can seek an order of protection. An order of protection is a valuable legal tool that can be used to take action against an offender who has harmed a person or has threatened a person with harm. The specific terms of the order of protection can vary based on the circumstances of the case. Generally, if you get an order of protection against an abuser, it will, at the very least, require that person to stay away from you.

In most cases, victims of domestic violence should start by obtaining a temporary order of protection. This type of order can be granted by a family law judge before the court has an opportunity to hear the full circumstances of the case. New York courts have the power to grant a temporary order of protection immediately, without serving notice to the preparator. However, a final order of protection will not be put in place until the alleged perpetrator has been served and has had a chance to respond.

What to Do If You Have Been Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

Unfortunately, there are some cases in which people, both men and women, are wrongly accused of domestic abuse. Allegations of domestic abuse can have major ramifications on active or future family law cases. You may even lose your child custody rights or child visitation rights. If this has happened to you, it is imperative that you take immediate legal action. Please contact an experienced Otsego County domestic violence lawyer as soon as possible.

Contact Our Otsego County Domestic Violence Attorneys Today

At The Colwell Law Group, our New York family law attorneys have more than 20 years of combined experience handling domestic violence cases in state courts. If you were a victim of abuse, or if you were falsely accused of abuse, we can protect your rights. Our law firm serves clients throughout Otsego County, including in Oneonta, Richfield Springs, Worcester, Otsego. Cooperstown, Gilbertsville, and Hartwick.

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