Have you been served with a protective order in Virginia, and want to know what your rights are? Criminal defense attorney Sheryl Shane has over 21 years of legal experience, and can help you fight a restraining order filed against you.

What Is A Virginia Protective Order?

Often times, people do not know how to react when served with a protective order because they lack a clear understanding of the meaning of the document. Because of this, they may contact the other party without full knowledge of the consequences of their actions, and be arrested and taken to jail.   

Other individuals, without advice of counsel, attend hearings set against them and sign off on protective orders in order to avoid paying attorney fees. They are unaware of their rights given up and other future problems which may arise due to their lack of legal expertise at the legal hearings.   

Don’t use the word “unattested.” Uncontested is the proper term.

Also, your accuser may use a protective order based on false allegations against you in the future. You may face criminal charges if such an order is violated in any way, even if you are a minor.
Do not sign across the dotted line without full knowledge or what may occur in the future as a result of taking such action.

You are not required to accept false accusations made against you. Protect your reputation and maintain a clean record.  

There are 3 main types of protective orders in Virginia:

  • Emergency Protective Order (EPO): Emergency protective orders are used in cases of immediate danger. They can last for up to 72 hours.
  • Preliminary protective order (PPO): This is a short term order of protection (also referred to as a temporary protective order) that lasts for up to 15 days. After the PPO hearing, a final protective order may be set.
  • Final Protective Order (PO): This is the most serious type of protective order, and can be put in place for up to 2 years.

Why You Need a Protective Order Defense Lawyer

While many people seek protective orders with good intentions (they are legitimately in fear of someone), there are some people who file these orders falsely in order to harm your reputation, in retaliation, or out of spite. Unfortunately, these protective orders with no merit are routinely granted simply because they go unattested. However, they violate your rights and in instances where children are involved, can stop you from having contact with them.

Also, your accuser may use a falsely granted protective order against you for a civil or criminal case later on. So if you feel a restraining order has been filed against you wrongly, let us help you fight it.

Sheryl Shane Helps Fight Protective Orders in Virginia

Criminal attorney Sheryl Shane defends clients who have been arrested or accused of:

  • Assault and battery on a family member
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault of a child
  • Stalking
  • Harassment
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Violation of an order for protection

You do not, and should not, have to just accept these accusations against you. They can damage your reputation and hurt your criminal record for life. Call Sheryl Shane Law in Fairfax VA at 703-503-4448 to defend your rights.