Stamford Domestic Violence Attorney
Financial and verbal abuse can be just as harmful and traumatic as physical abuse. I am a determined advocate for victims of domestic violence. If you feel trapped in your home with an abusive partner, contact our office to explore options available to restrain the abuser from having access to you and stop the abuse. Especially if you have children at home, they should not be exposed to an abusive situation.
Although many forms of domestic violence are criminal matters, in some situations, immediate relief can be obtained in family court in the form of relief from abuse orders of protection, which usually can be granted the same day. Attorney Allan F. Friedman has over 25 years as a domestic violence lawyer serving Stamford. Allan is an advocate and protector of domestic violence victims and has the experience to choose the best legal options to keep you safe from abuse.
If You are in Danger Call 911
If you are in immediate physical danger, do not wait for a domestic violence attorney, please call 911 now! If the police find probable cause that a domestic violence crime has occurred, they will immediately arrest the abuser and enter a temporary order of protection. All domestic violence cases require a next day arraignment at a criminal court, and the judge will enter a criminal order of protection in your favor. Common domestic violence crimes are:
- Assault in the third degree C.G.S. 53a-61
- Breach of the peace C.G.S. 53a-181
- Disorderly Conduct C.G.S. 53a-182
- Threatening in the second degree C.G.S. 53a-62
- Strangulation in the second degree C.G.S. 53a-64bb
- Criminal mischief in the second degree C.G.S. 53a-116
- Risk of injury to a minor C.G.S 53-21
Victims of domestic violence can also seek free counseling, support, shelter, and services from the domestic violence crisis center 24 hours a day.
We Represent Victim's of Domestic Violence
Our office provides representation for victims of domestic violence to assist you in reclaiming your home, assert control over your life, gain financial independence and get the court to enter orders of protection to give you safety from your abuser. C.G.S. 46b-15 provides for the ability to seek emergency applications for relief from abuse in the family court. The statute allows domestic partners who are in fear of physical danger to petition the court for ex parte orders of protection that can remove the abuser from your home. The statute also allows for the entry of immediate orders requiring the payment of household expenses. Our office can assist you in determining if your case meets the statutory criteria for a relief from abuse restraining order and promptly get an order entered and served upon the abuser.
In contested divorce actions, often a motion for exclusive possession of the marital home is needed to remove abusive spouses who continue a pattern of mental and psychological abuse while the case is pending. While a motion for exclusive possession takes more time than a relief from abuse application, in situations where the abuse does not rise to a level of an imminent danger of physical danger, it might not be possible to get an immediate restraining order granted.
In many examples, victims of domestic violence many feel paralyzed by their abuser and stuck in a rut. There are many legal alternatives available to protect you in cases of genuine abuse. The legal system will not tolerate domestic violence. You can feel confident in contacting our office as every phone call is completely confidential. Speak with a Stamford domestic violence attorney today to review all the options available.
What if You Have Been Wrongfully Served with a Restraining Order?
A lot of restraining order applications are denied at the hearing phase by the court. If you have been served with a 46b-15 relief from abuse restraining order, it is essential to understand that you are entitled to a full evidentiary hearing during which you have the right to call your witnesses and present evidence on your behalf. A lot of unethical divorce lawyers try to get the upper hand in custody battles or gain possession of the marital home by encouraging their clients to bring unfounded applications for restraining orders.
To qualify for the extraordinary relief of a 46b-15 restraining order, the applicant bears the burden to establish by the preponderance of the evidence that you present an imminent threat of physical danger, stalking, or threatening to the applicant. Judges are looking for recent actions that demonstrate a pattern of proximate acts. Often applicants bring up events that happened years ago that have no relevance.
Having a restraining order entered against you can cause a lot of adverse consequences. You have a right to be represented by an experienced attorney who can present your side of the story. Attorney Friedman has over 25 years of experience successfully defending restraining order cases. In many cases having an experienced Stamford domestic violence lawyer can make the difference in the outcome. Contact us today for a free consultation at (203) 998-5555.