When Criminal Charges Impact A Family Law Case
When criminal charges and family law intersect, hiring the services of a law firm like Morris & Richmond Law Firm PLLC that has skilled attorneys with both family law and criminal law backgrounds can immensely help in resolving your legal issues. One of our founding attorneys, Phillip Morris, is a former police officer. After retiring as the chief of police in 2008, he started his legal career, bringing with him great insights into how criminal cases can affect families. He has a tremendous amount of empathy for families and strives to address the impact that dealing with domestic violence and other criminal charges has on the families of the accused.
We have extensive experience in criminal charges including the following:
- Assault – domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Misdemeanor family violence
- Felony family violence
- Spousal abuse
- False imprisonment
We understand the stress you are going through and we are here to help.
Understanding What A Domestic Violence Accusation Can Do
Domestic violence claims are especially serious. Unfortunately, sometimes a spouse or family member will make an accusation out of anger or spite. They know that this will give them some leverage when it comes to custody arrangements. When these accusations are unfounded, the potential damage to your freedom and your reputation can be frustrating. We work hard to expose the truth and protect your rights.
In situations where a parent or family member becomes physically or emotionally violent, you need to take action. Once someone has resorted to violence, they are likely to repeat that violence, making households potentially dangerous places for children and adults alike. We can help you file a protective order or a restraining order to help keep you and your family safe.
Protective Orders Vs. Restraining Orders: What’s The Difference?
Getting a restraining order is a good first step. Sadly, it is not always enough. Restraining orders can be obtained quickly and do not require you to testify in court. However, the police do not enforce restraining orders; the courts do. When a restraining order is violated, there is no immediate way to enforce it. A protective order, on the other hand, restricts a person from getting close to your family members. The person you have the order against can be arrested and taken into custody if they violate the order. They will also have to follow strict guidelines moving forward under the order:
- The abuser is to move out of the marital or family home
- All contact is restricted, including social media
- The abuser is restricted from your home, school and work
- The abuser is restricted from visiting children or visiting their school, day care or babysitter
- The abuser is restricted from owning firearms
Our team of lawyers knows how overwhelming these cases can be. We utilize our legal backgrounds as well as Mr. Morris’s time as a police officer to build the strongest case on your behalf.
Schedule A Free Consultation Sooner Rather Than Later
We are eager to help you find a solution. To schedule a free consultation, call our office in Friendswood at 281-532-5465 today. You can also fill out our contact form online, and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.