Protection Orders

A protection order, also called a “restraining order,” can be used as both a shield and a sword. For people who live in fear of harm from another person, these orders provide one with the protection of the court and of the police. However, these orders can also be abused by people who want to punish, or out-maneuver, a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend.

We are The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Williams. We are a law practice that helps men and women in the North Metro-Atlanta area, including Alpharetta, Cumming, Marietta and Roswell, obtain temporary and permanent protection orders. We also represent people who are the victims of false or exaggerated allegations.

Protective Orders in Georgia

In Georgia, you can obtain an ex parte protective order simply by convincing a judge that you are in fear of imminent harm from another person. The judge may issue a temporary protection order (TPO) based on your word alone, without giving the other party a chance to defend himself or herself.
Even a temporary protective order can have a significant effect on your life. You can be removed from the home you share with the alleged victim. Typically, you would be ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim and to stay a certain distance away from him or her. If you violate the order, you can be charged with a crime and jailed. You will be barred from possessing weapons or ammunition by federal law.
Approximately two weeks after the temporary restraining order goes into effect, the judge who issued the order will have a hearing to determine if it should be enforced for 12 months. If you are subject to a temporary restraining order, it’s important to have an attorney represent you at this hearing. A protection order can affect your reputation and employment. If you are going through a divorce, it can affect your child custody and visitation rights.

Contact a North Metro-Atlanta Protection Order Attorney

For more information about protective orders or to schedule a consultation with attorney Jeffrey S. Williams, call (770) 645-0990.