Order for Protection in Minnesota
Attorney Bill Sherry vigorously defends people facing Orders for Protection or domestic assault charges in all Minnesota courts. Attorney offices located in Dakota County, Minneapolis, MN.
If you have been charged with domestic assault in Minnesota you may also end up facing a Domestic Abuse No Contact Order (DANCO) or a separate Order for Protection (OFP) in civil court. Some people get hit with an Ex Parte Order for Protection even though there are no criminal charges, and even before there is a court hearing where they get to tell their side of the story. Often these orders are sought unfairly and are based on false information, or are used as retaliation after a bad break-up or in a divorce. When an OFP is issued a court hearing gets scheduled within a few days, separate from any criminal proceedings. At the hearing, a judge receives evidence from both sides and decides whether the OFP should remain in place long term.
An Order for Protection usually restricts you from having contact with the person who filed it, at their home, where they work, by phone or email, or even through another person. The OFP may force you to move out of your own home and even restrict contact with your minor children. If you fail to comply with any of these restrictions, you face arrest and additional criminal charges for violating the OFP. Apple Valley lawyer Bill Sherry has experience representing people who are unfairly accused and will help you through this difficult process.
As an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney, Bill Sherry understands that legal problems don’t always happen during ordinary office hours.