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Chattanooga Order of Protection Attorney

Chattanooga Lawyer Representing Clients in Order of Protection Cases

An orders of protection is designed to protect individuals from the threat of or actual physical harm. In some cases, however, they can be issued prematurely with very little proof as to why the order of protection is warranted. If someone files an order of protection against you (also called a protection orders or restraining orders), you have the right to challenge the order and protect your rights and interests.

John McDougal, a Chattanooga Criminal Defense Attorney, has a vast experience in helping clients challenge an order of protection, when there is little evidence to support the domestic abuse claim. Because we also represents domestic abuse victims, attorney John McDougal knows how to question the validity of the claim and expose the true facts of the case.

Types of Protection Orders in Tennessee

Temporary Protection Orders (TPOs)

These are also known as "ex parte" orders. Temporary protection orders are short-term orders that are designed to protect you until you are issued an extended protection order. The order can be granted without the abuser's prior knowledge and without him/her being there in court. You can ask for a TPO at the same time as you ask for an extended protection order (EPO). A temporary order lasts 15 days, or until the full hearing for your extended protection order (EPO).

Extended Protection Orders (EPOs)

EPOs are only issued after a full court hearing. They protect you for a longer period of time and can offer you a wider variety of protection measures than a temporary order. Extended protection orders last up to one year. Before your order expires, you can ask for a one-year extension.

Order of Protection Defense

An order of protection can be granted at any time, day or night, with very little proof that one is actually needed. The rule of thumb is to grant an order of protection now and ask questions later.

The initial order is temporary, only lasting 15 days. During those 15 days, the person accused of domestic abuse has the right to a hearing to challenge the order and present his or her side of the story. A judge will then decide whether to make the protection order permanent, or let it expire. If a divorce is pending, the order of protection may extend the entire length of the divorce process. This can have a significant effect on the outcome of custody and visitation arrangements.

Utmost Importance to Have Legal Representation

If the protection order is granted, you will lose your right to possess a firearm. You may be required to vacate your residence, and you may be ordered to pay temporary child support if children are involved. We can help protect you against these consequences. We will work to show that you are not a threat to your spouse, significant other, the mother of your child, or your children.

Contact a Chattanooga Attorney Who Handles Restraining Order Cases

If someone filed for an order of protection against you, contact us right away to speak with Chattanooga protection order attorney John McDougal. You have a limited time to challenge the order, so do not wait. We offer free initial phone or office consultations.

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