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Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection

There are times in every relationship when tempers flare and unkind or cruel words are said. Sometimes the anger gets out of control and someone gets hurt. If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important for you to remember that IT IS A CRIME TO COMMIT VIOLENCE AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON! The fact that you are married or living together does not justify violent behavior. You do not deserve to be abused and you should never feel guilty or ashamed about it. No matter what your abuser says, your behavior did not cause the violence, and you cannot end the violence by trying to be “better.” Some examples of domestic violence include:

          Threats of physical violence
          Harassing, hitting, slapping, pushing, punching
          Assault, sexual assault or rape
          Verbal abuse, such as insults, intimidation and public humiliation
          Written, verbal or electronic threats
          Reckless endangerment
          Stalking

If you are a victim of domestic violence, the most important thing to remember is that YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO A LIFE FREE FROM ABUSE! When you decide to put a stop to the violence, you will find that there are many agencies out there that are ready to help you: the Courts, the Police, the District Attorneys, and victim’s services agencies, such as the Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Nassau County (www.cadvnc.org), the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (www.sccadv.org) and the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk County (www.vibs.org).

However, the process of applying for an Order of Protection can be confusing. There are forms to be completed, information that needs to be collected, and decisions that need to be made about what should be included in the Order of Protection. One of the most important decisions you will need to make is whether to apply for your Order of Protection in the Family Court, where the Order is issued without criminal charges, or in the Criminal Court, where it is issued with criminal charges. It is also important to remember that Orders of Protection are not automatically granted in any Court. You must present your case to the Judge, who will decide whether to issue the Order and what should be contained in it.

Let the compassionate, dedicated lawyers at the law firm of John N. Fath, P.C. help you make the difficult decisions that will protect you and your family. We have over twenty-five years of experience and a proven track record of success in obtaining Orders of Protection for our clients. We know the right questions to ask to ensure that your application for an Order of Protection has the best chance possible of being granted.

Don’t take chances with your safety and the safety of your children. Call or email the attorneys at the law firm of John N. Fath, P.C. today to see how we can help you STOP THE VIOLENCE NOW!

EXPERIENCED DEFENSE AGAINST CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

We at the law firm of John N. Fath, P.C., believe that everyone has the right to be represented by competent legal counsel. We work quickly and efficiently to protect victims of domestic violence. We also defend the rights of those who are accused of committing crimes of domestic violence.

If you are living with someone who has an Order of Protection issued against you, the Court can force you to move out of your own house. If you are convicted of a domestic violence crime, you may be forced to attend counseling – at your expense – and may even be subject to probation or sentenced to jail. In fact, merely being charged with a domestic violence crime can put you in jail overnight. In some communities in Nassau County and Suffolk County, police officers responding to a domestic violence call are under orders to arrest the accused and place him or her in jail pending resolution of the case.

The attorneys at the law firm of John N. Fath, P.C. have over twenty-five years of experience in the Family Courts and Criminal Courts of Nassau County and Suffolk County. We have helped hundreds of clients challenge Orders of Protection and win the right to return to their home.

We won’t judge you by what others claim you have done. We will listen to your side of the story and advise you how best to proceed to minimize the impact these charges can have on your life. We know the right questions to ask to get the information we need to aggressively defend your right to live in your own home. Put our years of experience to work for you now.

Call or email the attorneys at the law firm of John N. Fath today. Let us help you defend yourself against charges of domestic violence.