Burnsville Domestic Violence Lawyer
Get Compassionate Support from Burns Law Office
Domestic violence is a heartbreaking and difficult situation to face. If you or your family has been affected by domestic violence, it can be difficult to know where to turn to get help. Our domestic violence attorney in Burnsville is here for you. Our team works fast to get you the protection you need. We also know that false accusations of domestic abuse can have devastating consequences. If you have been falsely accused, we can help defend you in court.
Since 1992, we have helped victims of abuse in the Minneapolis metro area and across Minnesota through the complicated process of securing protection orders and ex parte orders. We also have extensive experience fighting false allegations of abuse. At Burns Law Office, our team takes a detail-oriented approach, treating every client with the compassion and respect they deserve.
Orders for Protection & Ex Parte Orders
Dealing with domestic abuse can be difficult. These cases can involve physical assault, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. Protection orders are designed to protect victims of violence from their abusers. These orders limit the abuser’s access to the petitioner. For example, an order for protection can bar the abuser from entering the petitioner’s home or coming near their place of work.
There are two types of orders available to you:
- Order for protection (OFP)
- Ex parte orders
An OFP can be sought by the ex-spouse, current spouse, parents of children, blood relatives, or individuals who are living with the accused respondent. The parent or guardian of an abused minor may also petition for an OFP on behalf of the child. The respondent can then challenge the OFP. Before granting an OFP, the court will hear arguments from both sides.
An ex parte order is a protection that a single person can seek without notifying the accused abuser. The order goes into effect as soon as the court signs the order. Once filed, the individual petitioning for the order of protection has 14 days to file an affidavit and request a hearing to prevent the order from expiring. If the petitioner fails to do so, the respondent can file for a hearing. If no party files an affidavit, the ex parte order will expire. Most ex parte orders last for two years.
We Don’t Waste Time
Our experienced Burnsville domestic violence attorney at Burns Law Office can help you determine which type of order is best for your situation. We know how volatile these situations can be, so we don’t waste time.