The harmful effects of a restraining order

by | Jul 27, 2021 | Criminal Defense

During the times of COVID-19, many couples have spent more time together. However, that is not always a good thing. It also can mean more time to annoy each other and get on each other’s nerves along with the potential for disagreements that escalate into heated battles. Even physical ones.

In such situations, allegations of domestic abuse, sometimes, surface. This is not a good thing. The effects of a domestic abuse accusation may linger for a long time. This serious criminal charge promises to change you and taint you as you wonder how to get back on track. And the filing of a restraining order promises to complicate matters even further.

Kicked out of your home

Here are some of the ways how a restraining order will affect you:

  • Expulsion from your residence. This is your home, but you no longer may go there and no longer may visit. This is difficult to accept. In certain situations, you may receive permission to retrieve personal belongings if accompanied by law enforcement.
  • No contact at all with your spouse or partner. Doing so will get you into further difficulty along with the potential for additional criminal charges. This list includes no “pop-in” visits, no texts, phone calls, letters or social media messages.
  • Certain restrictions for custody and visitation with your children. This may be the deepest hurt. Your time with your kids will be limited and often under the watchful eye of a third-party observer.

A domestic abuse charge may leave a permanent mark on you and your life. Still, you can overcome these charges, but it will not be easy.