All About Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection
Domestic Violence Attorney In Columbia, MO
Living with an abuser is like having a gun pointed at your head every single day, and never knowing when the gun is going to go off. You feel trapped and terrified. Escape is difficult when you have been isolated and controlled. During my career as a family law attorney in Columbia, Missouri, I have helped hundreds of families escape domestic violence to make their lives safer, happier, and better.
Domestic violence does not just occur between spouses. It’s between any family or household member, past or present, including former spouses, blood relatives, roommates, biological parents of children who have or never have been married, and people who have been in a continuing social, romantic, or intimate relationship. You don’t have to be living with the abuser at the time the violence occurs.
Victims of domestic violence often keep what’s happening private, afraid of being embarrassed or of potential escalation of the violence. At Benner Family Law, we believe in using the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege to help clients out of highly personal situations where they are being abused or have been falsely accused of abuse. We are your advocate from the beginning to the end of the legal process.
Domestic violence is often “he said – she said,” which is often difficult to provide evidence for because it occurs mostly in the privacy of one’s home. Our court system is designed to protect both people who are experiencing domestic violence as well as those who are wrongly accused of perpetrating it. Regardless of which side you are on, you need an attorney who is knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate, and dedicated. I have been that kind of domestic violence attorney in Columbia, Missouri, for more than 10 years.
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Have You Experienced Domestic Violence?
What is domestic violence? Broad categories of it include assault, battery, coercion, harassment, sexual assault, and unlawful imprisonment. No matter what type of domestic violence you are experiencing, it’s personal, painful, and exhausting. You need the representation of an experienced domestic violence attorney who knows how to navigate the complicated and sensitive legal issues involved.
Have You Been Accused of Domestic Violence?
People who are falsely accused of abuse often feel distraught and helpless. What if you are on the wrong side of false allegations concerning domestic violence? If you have been accused of domestic violence by someone in your life, you need the best domestic violence attorney in Columbia, Missouri, to represent you. Being falsely accused of domestic violence can destroy your relationships, your personal life, and your professional life, so you need tough, experienced legal representation to disprove those accusations and get your life back. We can help you confront the allegations of domestic violence and present the truth in legal proceedings by investigating the false allegations of abuse, interviewing witnesses, and gathering documentary evidence.
Orders of Protection
The first step toward protecting victims of domestic violence is obtaining an ex parte order of protection from the court. This protective order immediately separates you from the abuser, even before the abuser has been able to respond to a legal petition. With our experience in domestic violence law, we can move quickly and strategically to file a petition and obtain a protective order. This may order the accused to not abuse, threaten, molest, stalk, or disturb your peace, not to enter the premises of your home, or to communicate with you in any way. It might order specific personal property to be turned over to you and enter a temporary order regarding custody of any minor children. Once the abuser has had time to respond to the petition, we help you obtain a full order of protection to help keep you safe while the court decides your case. And if there is a violation of the protective order, we facilitate the filing of criminal charges against the abuser.
If someone has falsely accused you of domestic violence and has obtained an order of protection against you, we will use our expertise and experience to fight the order and the false accusations alleged against you. Benner Family Law will work to restore your rights to property, premises, communication, and child custody.
Whether you’re the victim of domestic violence or have been wrongly accused of perpetrating domestic violence, time is of the essence in protecting you, your well-being, and your life.
How to Proceed
If you are experiencing domestic violence or have been wrongly accused of domestic violence, use the “Let’s Get Started” form on this page. Complete the information requested and take the first step toward retaining Benner Family Law to walk you through the legal process. With our experience in domestic violence law in Columbia, Missouri, we can help you get your life back again.