Civil Restraining Orders
Civil restraining orders are used protect victims of violence or harassment when they and their abuser do not have an intimate or close family relationship. There are two types of civil restraining orders in California.
Civil harassment restraining orders
Civil harassment restraining orders are the most common form of civil restraining order. They are used to keep people who have physically, sexually or verbally assaulted, or severely harassed someone away from their victims. They have a higher burden of proof but serve an important function in keeping victims of harassment safe.
Like DRVOs, if granted, civil harassment restraining orders can have a profound impact on the person restrained. Although they are not used improperly as often as DVROs, they are the subject of some abuse, often by the person against whom the a restraining order is initially sought. Thus, when bringing or receiving a civil harassment restraining order, it is important to have experienced legal counsel such as Ms. Smith to assist you. We represent both the victims of harassment and those who have received notice that an order is being sought against them.
workplace violence restraining orders
Workplace violence restraining orders are less common but still effective. They cannot be brought by an individual victim. Instead, they are brought by the victim’s employer in order to keep the victim and their family safe when at the workplace or any other employer facility. Ms. Smith can help employers use this particular tool to help keep their employees safe, and has experience in defending against them as well.