Order For Protection
No one should be subject to domestic abuse and no one should be falsely accused of abuse.
Attorney O’Connor is experienced in obtaining Orders for Protection (OFP) for Clients and also in defending against claims of domestic abuse. Having represented both sides of the issue (in different cases) allows Kathleen to have a complete understanding of all the aspects of the case and know how to assist clients in obtaining the best result possible under the circumstances.
When is a person entitled to an Order for Protection?
The person seeking the Order for Protection must meet the definition of Domestic Abuse found in Minnesota Statute 518B.01 Subd. 2. Definitions.
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings given them:
(a) “Domestic abuse” means the following, if committed against a family or household member by a family or household member:
(1) Physical harm, bodily injury, or assault;
(2) The infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; or
(3) terroristic threats, within the meaning of section 609.713, subdivision 1; criminal sexual conduct, within the meaning of section 609.342, 609.343, 609.344, 609.345, or 609.3451; or interference with an emergency call within the meaning of section 609.78, subdivision 2.
(b) “Family or household members” means:
(1) Spouses and former spouses;
(2) Parents and children;
(3) Persons related by blood;
(4) Persons who are presently residing together or who have resided together in the past;
(5) persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time;
(6) a man and woman if the woman is pregnant and the man is alleged to be the father, regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together at any time; and
(7) Persons involved in a significant romantic or sexual relationship.
What Does an OFP Do?
An Order for Protection is a Court Order to prohibit contact under certain terms decided by the Judge. A finding of domestic abuse can also impact a custody determination. While you can seek or defend an Order for Protection on your own, it is helpful to have the advice of an experienced attorney when reviewing your options.
Get the Legal Assistance You Need
If you believe you need to file for an OFP, or need to defend against an Order for Protection, do not hesitate to get in touch with O’Connor Law and Mediation to set up a free 30-minute consultation regarding your case.
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