To protect a victim of domestic violence against further harm, a court may issue an order of protection such as a temporary restraining order (TRO). Violation of such a court order can spell serious consequences for the accused, including arrest and penalties for contempt. Since, however, a TRO can be easily issued by the court for certain grounds, chances are it can be misused.
Abusing orders of protection can put the rights of a person accused of domestic violence in jeopardy. Besides the fact that the issuance of a TRO is ex parte, or effective without notice, it can lead to a lot more restrictions that can be considered undeserved.
Perhaps the most harrowing effect of a TRO on a person accused of domestic violence is being evicted from his own home. Although this may be temporary, it could mean that the accused may not be able to get his personal belongings until the order is lifted. Sometimes, he would have to wait for months to get a full court hearing where the order can be reversed.
Fortunately, hiring a criminal attorney gives the accused a chance at a fair outcome in the event of a TRO. Those implicated in domestic violence cases certainly need legal advice on the dos and don’ts right after the issuance of a TRO, which a qualified lawyer would be in the best position to dispense.