In the state of Utah, a person who is in fear for his or her immediate safety - of the safety of his or her children - that person may request a restraining order. A temporary restraining order will be issued and a hearing will be set later on to determine whether that order should be extended. A restraining order is intended to keep safe former spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends, family members and children.
At the law firm of Catherine Cleveland, P.C., I represent clients who need to request a restraining order, as well as those individuals who suddenly find themselves being served with an order and accused of domestic violence or a related crime. In either case, it is important to have a lawyer present who can defend your interests, protect your rights and explain your options.
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A restraining order will also notify law enforcement about the situation and has a number of requirements for the person against whom the order is issued. This can include:
- The avoidance of all contact with the person and his or her children
- Leaving a shared apartment or house if the other person feels threatened
- Continued payments of child support and spousal support, where applicable
- Possible denied or modified custody arrangements
- Compliance with federal gun ownership laws
If a restraining order is violated in Utah, law enforcement can immediately arrest and detain the person who is violating the order. A violation is itself an offense that can result in fines, probation or incarceration. I can also provide criminal defense if you have been accused of violating a restraining order.
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To speak to an experienced lawyer about restraining orders in the state of Utah, please contact criminal defense lawyer Catherine R. Cleveland.