We Take Domestic Violence Allegations Seriously
The breakdown of a marriage often brings emotional pain, fear and a sense of vulnerability for each spouse. Heated disputes can erupt, leading to physical threats or contact, or allegations of domestic violence. In day-to-day household relations, conflicts can arise that escalate to abusive conduct. The family law attorneys at Lutter Gilbert & Kvas, LLC, in Dakota County are staunch advocates for men and women in Minnesota who are confronted with domestic violence.
Minnesota law provides victims of domestic abuse with a formidable layer of legal protection to put a stop to abusive behavior from family or household member. Victims of abuse can obtain an order for protection barring an abuser from having any contact with the victim. The parties do not have to be married to fit within the definition of a family or household member. People who have lived together, have a child in common, are related by blood or who have had a significant intimate relationship with each other are all included in the definition.
Taking Decisive Action To Protect Victims Of Domestic Abuse
You should never have to fear for your safety when interacting with a family or household member. Many women, and men, are the victims of domestic abuse. We help victims of abuse move forward to a safe and healthier future. Obtaining an Order for Protection (OFP) is an important step in putting an end to abuse. Many events occur behind closed doors — without witnesses. Our trial lawyers know how to investigate the facts and present the evidence before a family law judge to obtain results in an OFP hearing.
Stopping Harassment With A Court Order
The feeling of vulnerability that a person experiences due to unwanted harassment cannot be understated. Minnesota law recognizes harassment as a single assault (physical or sexual), repeated incidents or harassing conduct that is intended to adversely affect an individual’s sense of safety, security or privacy or targeted residential picketing of your residence. These events can undermine your well-being whether the person engaging in the harassing conduct is related to you or not. We can explain your rights and guide you through the process to obtain a harassment restraining order to help you regain control of your life.
Unraveling The Details To Defend Against False Allegations
Unfortunately, sometimes people make false accusations. Overcoming the stigma of a domestic violence accusation is enough to justify a rigorous defense in an OFP hearing. Moreover, many allegations are associated with a breakdown of a relationship or a divorce. If you have been served with a temporary restraining order or are facing allegations of abuse, you do not have time to wait to begin building your defense.
Domestic abuse incidents frequently revolve around “he said, she said” disputes. Our lawyers are committed to leveling the playing field when false allegations threaten to impact the rights of our clients. We thoroughly review whether the claim of abuse was made in an effort to get the upper hand in a divorce or child custody dispute. We aggressively defend clients in OFP and harassment restraining order hearings.