Applications For Protective Orders
If you or anyone in your household is a victim of family violence, a request from the court for a protective order may be available. Attorney Dan-Phi Nguyen offers knowledgeable and compassionate assistance in this process. Call his Houston office at (713) 485-0781. The Law Office of Dan-Phi V. Nguyen, PLLC, provides family law, divorce and child protection and advocacy for parents.
What Is A Protective Order?
A protective order is typically granted by the criminal courts almost immediately upon the filing of a criminal charge against the alleged aggressor. These orders are usually given in relation to acts of family violence. A protective order will last between 60 to 90 days from the date it is granted.
A protective order is also known as the Magistrate’s Order of Emergency Protection (MOEP). However, there are situations in which law enforcement response does not move quickly enough. If no charges have been pressed and an arrest has not been made, you can still seek an emergency order for protection. You do not need to have the district attorney sign off on an emergency order.
The Purpose Of A Protective Order
Protective orders are intended to protect the applicant and any of the children named in the application, as well as any of the property within the home. These orders can also:
- Be used to remove the aggressor from the home on a temporary basis for up to two years while the applicant is seeking a divorce or if child custody proceedings are anticipated.
- Suspend any orders providing for possession and access in a family law court. The suspension will remain for the duration of the protective order.
- Suspend the firearm license of the person named in the protective order as the aggressor, unless the firearm is required for the aggressor’s employment as a law enforcement officer.
If you are currently a victim of continuing family violence, it is urgent that you take action to protect yourself as well as your vulnerable children from further harm. Do not wait until it is too late to act.
Get In Touch With Attorney Nguyen
Attorney Dan-Phi Nguyen is a Houston native with years of both family law and CPS experience. He will act as your advocate and work to ensure you and your children have the legal protections you need to stay safe. Call his office at (713) 485-0781 to ask a question or to arrange a consultation. If your matter is not urgent, you can send an email query regarding your issue. Attorney Nguyen serves clients throughout the Houston area.