Ronald Johnston, an experienced divorce lawyer practicing in Portland Oregon, understands that sometimes arguments between couples can lead to accusations of domestic violence.
If that happens to you, and you’re served with a temporary restraining order, what can you do? How do you fight a restraining order?
Ronald Johnston recommends that you seek the advice of a lawyer right away. You want to act with alacrity because in Oregon you only have 30 days to request a court hearing to prevent the restraining order from coming into full effect.
Once you make a request for a hearing, the hearing must occur within 21 days. If there’s a child custody issue, that hearing must be held even sooner.
Ronald Johnston suggests that you consider the following when served with a restraining order:
- Seek legal help right away
- Do not ignore the restraining order
- Do not attempt to contact or visit your accuser
- Do not attempt to email, text, or call your accuser
Violating a restraining order, regardless of whether the order is warranted or not, can result in arrest and criminal charges.
If you need to contest a restraining order, contact Ronald Johnston as soon as possible. He’s a divorce lawyer in Portland Oregon with more than 40 years of experience in family law.