Types Of Domestic Violence Orders

When emotions are running high, it is easy for a person to find themselves charged with domestic violence.  Domestic violence petitions are brought in Family Court, if Family Court exists in that county. If not, they are heard in District Court.

Domestic Violence petitions can result in the entry of an Emergency Protective Order, often called an “EPO”, from the Family Court.  An EPO can be filed by family members, members of an unmarried couple, a parent on behalf of their child, or any other person living in the same household as a child if the child is the alleged victim.

A similar order, known as an Interpersonal Protective Order (IPO), can be filed by any victim of dating violence, stalking or sexual assault, regardless of whether the relationship is past or present. If the Court finds that domestic violence occurred, an order can be entered that could last up to three years.

Consequences Of Domestic Violence Orders

It can be easy to shrug off domestic violence allegations as an argument that simply got carried away, but make no mistake, a criminal conviction will make your life difficult. EPOs and IPOs can:

  • Restrict contact between the offender and their victim
  • Restrict the offender’s ability to be in specific places
  • Award temporary custody of children
  • Automatically result in the surrender of firearms

In addition, you may experience ongoing impacts of a domestic violence charge such as loss of employment and disqualification of certain loans.

Put strong legal counsel on your side if you are facing domestic violence or assault charges. At Hoffman Walker & Knauf, our lawyers will work to potentially dismiss an EPO or IPO in favor of a civil restraining order. We are also ready to tell your side of the story in court, if necessary.

Contact Us For Legal Guidance

If you have been charged with domestic violence, call our 24-hour hotline at 859-535-0143. You may also contact us online and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

From our offices in Florence, we provide criminal defense representation to people throughout Northern Kentucky.


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