Los Angeles Domestic Violence Attorneys
Serving Beverly Hills, the San Fernando Valley & All of California
It happens every day. A woman enters the E.R. with a fractured skull. A baby is shaken until it suffers permanent brain damage. A man is faced with false charges of domestic violence. It is up to the courts to sort out the facts.
If a member of your family is being abused, or if you have been charged with domestic violence, it is extremely important that you seek the immediate help of an experienced domestic violence lawyer in Los Angeles. At Stolar Law Group, we represent victims of domestic violence, as well as those who have been wrongfully accused of domestic abuse. Let us be your advocate to keep you and your family safe.
If you need help with a domestic violence issue, contact us now at (818) 600-6534 to speak to a member of our team during a free and confidential consultation.
Do You Need a Restraining Order?
At Stolar Law Group in Beverly Hills, we are committed to taking care of our clients. Our founding attorney, Steven Stolar, has more than 40 years of experience in cases involving domestic violence. Our entire team will take immediate action to protect you and your children, as well as provide skilled and persuasive representation in hearings. If you have been falsely accused of domestic abuse, we can help you protect your rights, both in and out of court hearings.
Your response to domestic violence or allegations of abuse must be carefully tailored to your unique situation. We will see that your appeal to the court is designed to provide the protection you need, including filing a restraining order, if necessary, for as long as you need it.
It is important to discuss your situation with an attorney as soon as you realize you have a problem. Our Los Angeles domestic violence attorneys will handle your domestic violence case in a proper, effective manner so you and your loved ones are fully protected. We are committed to making sure your voice is heard.
If you have questions about a domestic violence issue, please call (818) 600-6534 or contact us online today for a free and confidential consultation.
At Stolar Law Group, we handle a wide variety of domestic violence cases, including those involving:
We understand the sensitive and urgent nature of these matters, which is why we respond promptly to all calls and inquiries. Our team will provide compassionate, personalized legal representation tailored to your specific situation, concerns, and needs.
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This Law firm is truly the best team I have ever had the pleasure of working with. They are worth every penny that you pay them and more. I hadn't seen my daughter in almost 2 years and they went to war for me.- Xavior P.
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Words cannot express how grateful & thankful I am to have met you. You have been so supportive at the lowest point in my life, and today we meet at the highest point in my life.- Former Client
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Steven and his team moved right in on a matter involving a close friend who was in very serious trouble. I was very impressed with the thoroughness and thoughtfulness displayed. Although they came in on an emergency basis, they did a great job.- Former Client
What Is a Restraining Order and What Does It Do?
Also known as protective orders, restraining orders are court orders that prevent a person (known as the “restrained person”) from harassing, stalking, threatening, or abusing another person or people (referred to as the “protected person/people”). There are several different types of restraining orders in California, each of which performs a similar but slightly unique function.
Some of the main types of California restraining orders include:
- Personal Conduct Orders: Personal conduct orders can be used to stop the restrained person from committing specific acts against the protected person. This includes things like calling, emailing, sending messages, stalking, threatening, harassing, destroying personal property, attacking, battering, sexually assaulting, and disturbing the protected person’s peace.
- Stay-Away Orders: A stay-away order is what most people think of when they think of restraining orders. These are used to prevent restricted persons from coming within a certain distance of protected persons, as well as areas where protected persons may be, such as their homes, workplaces, schools, vehicles, daycares, etc.
- Residence Exclusion Orders: Also known as “kick-out” or “move-out” orders, residence exclusion orders allow a protected person to legally remove a restricted person from a shared residence. With a residence exclusion order, the restricted person must move out and may only take personal belongings until a court hearing.
Additionally, any of these or another type of restraining order may fall under one of the following categories:
- Temporary Restraining Order: The court will almost always issue a temporary restraining order before a permanent restraining order. You do not necessarily need to go through a court process to receive a temporary restraining order; however, these orders only last for 30 days, with some exceptions. Typically, temporary restraining orders conclude in a court hearing with both parties appearing before a judge. At this hearing, the judge will hear both sides and decide whether to issue a permanent restraining order. In most cases, the court will decide on whether or not to grant your temporary restraining order within one business day of you presenting your case for consideration.
- Permanent Restraining Order: Although they are called “permanent restraining orders,” these orders do not last forever—but they can be indefinite. Most permanent restraining orders last for a minimum of five years. At the end of the five years, you may request a renewal before a judge. To obtain a permanent restraining order, you must go through a somewhat lengthy court process. And, because they are California’s most restrictive type of restraining order, permanent restraining orders are generally only granted in cases involving people who represent a “serious and sustained” threat against another person.
- Emergency Protective Order: Unlike other types of restraining orders, emergency protective orders can be issued by any law enforcement officer in California, and they take immediate effect once they have been issued. In many cases, law enforcement officers will issue emergency protective orders on the spot when responding to domestic disturbance complaints. This forces the restricted person to leave the area immediately. It is also possible to request an emergency protective order. However, because emergency protective orders are relatively easy to obtain, they do not last long. If you believe that the individual still poses a threat to you, your children, or your family members, you may request a temporary restraining order.
- Criminal Protective Order: Criminal protective orders are less common than other types of protective orders, as they can only be granted when the suspected abuser has been charged with a crime, such as domestic violence or stalking. Typically, law enforcement will file criminal charges against someone who has committed an act of violence or abuse leading to serious bodily injury, as well as individuals who have a history of domestic violence. Criminal protective orders do not have a set time limit; instead, they remain in effect from the moment charges are filed until the moment a verdict is reached. If the restricted person is found guilty of his or her charges, the criminal protective order will remain in effect for an additional three years.
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My spouse or partner has abused or threatened to abuse me or my children. Will this affect my family law case?
Ask your family law attorney to help you pursue relief in one of these ways:
- If you are in the process of seeking or planning for divorce and you report the domestic violence to a family law judge, that judge may compel the abuser to pay your attorney’s fees.
- If you have a pending child custody case and the family law judge learns about the domestic violence, that judge may order supervision of child visitation.
My partner has verbally threatened and abused me but has not physically hurt me. Can I still file for a restraining order?
Yes. Emotional and verbal abuse is still abuse under domestic violence laws, as is stalking. These actions evoke fear and intimidation and can escalate to physical violence.
How long does it take to get a restraining order?
There are two types of civil restraining orders for domestic violence in California. Our office can often get a temporary restraining order (TRO) within one day, which lasts until the court can hold a hearing date on a permanent restraining order. TROs often last from 20 to 30 days, or until the court hearing.
What can I do to address a domestic violence allegation against me?
Domestic violence allegations should always be treated seriously. These accusations can result in significant civil and criminal consequences. The important thing is for you to act quickly to defend yourself and not ignore the matter. If a judge has issued a temporary restraining order, you will have a chance to respond at the hearing for the permanent restraining order.
What should I do if I am a victim of domestic violence?
If you are a victim of domestic violence or feel unsafe, you can call our office at (818) 600-6534">(818) 600-6534 right away for help.
You may also take additional steps, including:
- Filing a police report or contacting a domestic violence shelter near you
- Asking a judge for a civil restraining order
- Asking law enforcement agents or a court to enforce the restraining order
- Reporting restraining order violations to law enforcement, which may result in criminal charges and a criminal protective order
You also may have the option of renewing or extending an existing restraining order.
What exactly is domestic violence?
California law defines domestic violence based on the types of abuse allegedly inflicted and by the relationship of the people involved. The affected people (the perpetrator and the target) may be current or former spouses, domestic partners, romantic partners, co-parents, or close relatives by blood or marriage. Abuse may be physical, but it can also be verbal, which may involve threats and actions intended to produce fear or intimidation.