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Spokane Domestic Violence & Restraining Order Lawyers

Hodgson Law Office in Spokane, WA, provides tailored legal representation for domestic violence & restraining order matters. With over 20 years of experience in family law and protection orders, our attorneys are knowledgeable and compassionate. Whether you need to obtain a restraining order or contest one, we can help protect your rights and best interests.
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Our Experienced Domestic Violence & Restraining Order Lawyers Are Here to Help

Hodgson Law Office has been providing legal assistance to clients experiencing domestic violence & restraining order legal matters for over 20 years. Our experienced lawyers are knowledgeable about Washington State laws and can help you navigate the complex legal process. We're located in Spokane, and we also serve clients in surrounding areas such as Spokane County, Stevens County, Lincoln County, and Adams County.

Our attorneys understand that these situations can be challenging and stressful, and we offer a personalized approach to each case to meet our clients' unique goals and needs. We offer free initial consultations to discuss your case and provide clear legal options. Our team is committed to achieving favorable outcomes for our clients and prioritizes honest communication throughout the legal process.

Legal Matters We Handle for Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders

1. Need Protection? We can Help You Get a Protection Order:

If you're a victim of domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or any form of abuse, our experienced lawyers can help you petition the court for a protection order. Protective orders can legally prevent your abuser from contacting you or entering your home, and they can face more serious criminal charges if they violate them.

2. Served With a Restraining Order? We Can Help:

If you've been served with a protection order in Spokane, it's essential not to violate it. Instead, consult with our restraining order lawyer as soon as possible. We can help you prepare for your legal hearing and even attend your hearing date with you.

3. Fighting an Unjust Restraining Order? We Can Represent You:

We can also help if you've been wrongly accused of domestic violence or received a restraining order that was made illegally. Our attorneys are skilled in representing clients who need to defend themselves against false accusations of domestic violence or restraining order violations. We'll fight to protect your rights and help you achieve a fair outcome in your case.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Spokane-Based Lawyers for Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders

If you're facing domestic violence & restraining order legal issues in Spokane, contact our experienced attorneys at Hodgson Law Office today. Schedule your consultation by calling us at 509-327-1415 or contacting us online now.
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What Is a Domestic Violence Restraining Order?

A domestic violence restraining order is a legal protection order issued by a court to protect an individual who has been a victim of domestic violence or harassment from a family or household member. It can also prohibit the abuser from contacting or approaching the victim's children or other family members. Any person who fears physical harm, bodily injury, or being stalked by another individual such as a former spouse can obtain an order. This type of order is intended to provide necessary protection to true victims of abuse or domestic violence. However, it can also be misused by men and women to gain leverage in divorce cases or child custody disputes. In these cases, innocent individuals can find themselves facing the serious consequences of a restraining order. An experienced restraining order attorney can provide guidance and representation to ensure that your legal rights are protected if you're in danger or have been served with a restraining order.

Types of Restraining Orders Washington State

Several types of domestic violence protection orders in Washington State can keep you safe from domestic violence or harassment. By consulting with a restraining order attorney at our Spokane law office, we can help determine which is best for your situation.

Temporary Restraining Order

These are often granted to protect a person until court proceedings can take place, and they are most often used in cases of domestic violence. They're granted 14 days and need a court order to be extended.

Domestic Violence Protection Order

This is the most common order of protection in Washington State. It's a court order against a family or household member who has harmed you or threatened to harm you.

No-Contact Order

This order doesn't require a petition as it's part of criminal action proceedings. It prevents a person from making any sort of contact with you but generally does not last as long as a protection order. This order also doesn't award child custody or establish visitation.

Civil Anti-Harassment Protection Order

This type of order is used in situations where you are seeking a protection order against a non-family member. These often apply to stalker situations or disputes between neighbors and are helpful when a person has not been assaulted or threatened with bodily harm.

Don’t Face Domestic Violence Alone - Call Hodgson Law Office for Legal Assistance in Spokane, WA

Contact Hodgson Law Office for experienced legal assistance with domestic violence & restraining order matters in Spokane, WA. Our dedicated attorneys are here to help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights.
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The Protection Order Process in Spokane, WA

Obtaining a protection order can be a vital tool for individuals who are seeking legal protection from domestic violence or harassment. Protection orders, also known as restraining orders, are court orders that prohibit the alleged abuser from contacting or approaching the victim. The process of obtaining a protection order can be complex, and it's essential to follow the proper legal procedures to ensure that the order is granted and enforced.

  • 1. Petition

    The person seeking a protection order must petition the court. They may need to petition the District Court or the Superior Court depending on the circumstances of the case. A restraining order lawyer or court clerk can help determine what type of order is needed.

  • 2. Judge Review

    A judge will review the petition to determine if a temporary protection order is warranted. The petitioner may have to attend an ex-parte (one side only) hearing to explain the case to the judge.

  • 3. Service

    If the case seems valid, the judge will likely issue a temporary protection order against the alleged abuser (known as the respondent). The court will arrange for the respondent to be served with the order. The order typically restrains the respondent for two weeks.

  • 4. Hearing

    The temporary order will specify a time and place for a legal hearing where both sides will be allowed to speak before a judge. Both the petitioner and the respondent are allowed to have an attorney present if they wish. At the end of the hearing, the judge will decide whether to lift or extend the protection order.

What Are the Consequences of a Restraining Order Violation?

Violating a restraining order, even if you believe the accusations are unfounded, can have serious consequences. Some of the possible consequences of a restraining order violation include:

  • Criminal charges, which may result in a misdemeanor carrying penalties of up to a year in jail or a felony charge depending on the severity of the violation.
  • Fines, which can reach up to $1,500.
  • Electronic monitoring, which may be required by the court and sometimes paid for by the violator.

If you've been falsely accused of violating a restraining order, it's pivotal to seek legal counsel immediately to protect your rights and minimize the potential consequences.

Why Choose Hodgson Law Office as Your Lawyers for Restraining Orders?

At Hodgson Law Office in Spokane, we understand the importance of choosing the right family law attorney for domestic violence & restraining order matters. Here's why we're the right choice:

  • Extensive Experience

    Our attorneys have extensive experience in family law, including domestic violence and restraining order cases.

  • Free Consultations

    We provide free initial consultations to discuss your case and legal options.

  • Comprehensive Case Management

    We handle all aspects of your case to achieve favorable outcomes.

  • Honest Communication

    Our clients are a priority and we prioritize open and honest communication throughout the legal process.

Schedule A Free Consultation With Mark D. Hodgson

As an experienced Spokane attorney, I will protect your rights and guide you through your case. You do not have to go through this alone, I will help you every step of the way.
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Reviews from Our Clients

I hired Mark Hodgson for a divorce in Spokane. He was open, friendly, and gave me great advice and counsel. Mark was honest with me about my case and worked hard to resolve all of my issues quickly. He responded to my phone calls and questions every time. He was WONDERFUL in my hearing and got me alimony, child support, and the parenting plan that my children needed. I had two other lawyers before Mark and he is far superior to my previous counsel. He fought hard for me and he knew the law. I would and will recommend him to everyone that i know.
These situations are never easy. Deciding to get a lawyer then choosing one was a very hard decision. I spoke to a few people that have been thru divorce and Mark’s name came up more than once. I went and met with him, his business partners and Casey his assistant. They were all friendly, professional and most importantly for me nonjudgmental. He is very educated on divorce with children and keeps in mind what is best for the kids! He answered my questions and didn’t make me feel belittled as other lawyers did. Thank you Mark Hodgson and team you are all very appreciated!
Called Mark Wednesday the day before Thanksgiving. He got us in that Friday the day after Thanksgiving. We decided to hire him and he made the time to start the process of paperwork that Sunday. It was great he did this so my wife and I didn’t have to miss work and our case was a time sensitive issue. The few times I’ve had to emailed him he seem to get right back to us with answers.
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Meet Our Attorneys

At Hodgson Law Office, our skilled domestic violence & restraining order lawyers are dedicated to providing compassionate and effective legal representation. With a focus on achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients and helping them avoid potential danger, we're ready to guide you through these complex legal matters.

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Let Our Lawyers Help You Navigate Domestic Violence and Restraining Order Matters in Spokane, WA

If you're dealing with domestic violence or restraining order matters in Spokane, our experienced attorneys at Hodgson Law Office are here to help. We understand the complexities of these situations and are dedicated to protecting your rights. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and get the legal support you need.
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  • What's the difference between a restraining order and protective order?

    A restraining order is a court order that prohibits someone from certain actions, while a protective order is a broader term that can refer to various court orders designed to protect a person from harm.

  • Are restraining orders public records in Washington State?

    Yes, restraining orders are public records in Washington State, but certain details may be sealed for privacy reasons.

  • How a protection order can affect a divorce?

    A protection order can affect a divorce in several ways, such as limiting contact with children or requiring the accused to move out of a shared home. Violating the order can also result in legal consequences.