Domestic violence and civil harassment are similar forms of behavior, in that they both involve acts of verbal harassment or physical abuse. The differences lie in the relationships between the two parties. Domestic violence generally refers to actions between people in a relationship, while civil harassment is between non-family members.
There are legal options available to protect people who are experiencing any form of domestic violence or civil harassment. The experienced Santa Monica domestic violence lawyers at Trabolsi & Levy, LLP will help victims take legal steps to protect themselves and their families. We are committed to our clients and are genuinely concerned about their welfare.
Victims of domestic violence or civil harassment can seek a restraining order from the Court. This legal order prohibits the abuser from contacting the victim, coming near the home, or visiting the victim’s workplace. Violating a restraining order can result in serious consequences for the abuser.
Our Santa Monica domestic violence lawyers also defends people who have been falsely accused of domestic violence or harassment. There is a presumption in family law cases that a party found guilty of domestic violence should not be granted child custody rights. In light of this, there are sadly cases where one party in a divorce falsely accuses the other of domestic violence to gain an upper hand in child custody or divorce proceedings. There is a limited time during which people accused of domestic violence can contest the restraining order. Our Santa Monica domestic violence lawyers defend clients against allegations of domestic violence or harassment, and work to get the issue dismissed or the restraining order removed.