Los Angeles Civil Harassment Restraining Order Attorney
California works to protect individuals facing harassment through civil harassment restraining orders. A Civil Harassment Restraining Order can keep someone, by law, from stalking, threatening, harassing, or abusing you.
You can file for a civil harassment restraining order if you are experiencing one of the following in a way that seriously annoys or scares you:
- Sexual assault
- Unwanted communication
If you need a restraining order, call our Los Angeles restraining order attorney for help. Attorney Brian Hurwitz can work with you personally to ensure that you and those you love receive the protection you need.
About Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
Who can be restrained?
To file a Civil Harassment Restraining Order, the person you want to restrain CANNOT be:
- Your spouse/partner or former spouse/partner,
- Someone you dated at any point, OR
- A close relative (parent, child, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, in-law).
These types of persons require a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.
A civil harassment restraining order can be filed to protect you from:
- A roommate (not a current or former partner)
- A friend, or someone who you used to consider a friend
- A neighbor
- Someone else you do not have a close relationship with
- A family member more than 2 degrees removed, such as an uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, cousin, and more distant relatives;
- Other people you are not closely related to
When you file a restraining order, you must prove that the person you are wishing to restrain has harmed you or threatened to harm you, or that they have harassed you in a way that has scared or annoyed you (including stalking).
What qualifies as “harassment”?
Actions are considered “harassment” for the purposes of California law if they involve
- Violence or threat of violence
- Sexual abuse or threat of abuse
- Unwanted communication, especially repeatedly, especially in a manner that significantly annoys or intimidates you
What does a restraining order do?
A restraining order goes beyond simply requesting that the restrained person behave themselves.
A restraining order is a legal order from a court, meaning that the restrained person would face serious consequences if they were to break their order. Because restraining orders are entered into the California’s law enforcement database, if you are harassed after obtaining a restraining order, you can contact law enforcement for help and protection.
Among other things, the restraining order can legally require the restrained person to:
- Stop communicating with you
- Stay away from you, in public, in your place of work, in your school, and in your home
- Stop communicating with members of your household
- Stay away from members of your family or household, including your children, and their schools and workplaces
- Not own a gun
A restraining order can provide relief from individuals whose unwanted and sometimes dangerous attention seems relentless.
How long does a restraining order last?
The initial restraining order, issued immediately after you file, is temporary – it will only last until your court date. However, if the court decides to issue a restraining order, that order can last anywhere from one to five years.
The Hurwitz Law Group assists clients with Los Angeles, California restraining orders
Our LA restraining order lawyer Brian Hurwitz can help you file for the protection you need to live with peace of mind. Attorney Brian Hurwitz takes on each client’s case personally, listening to their story and advocating for them in court. If you’re considering taking the complex and sometimes-emotional legal journey toward a restraining order, don’t do it alone; give our office a call today.