Domestic Abuse Attorney in Anoka, Minnesota
If you have been the victim of domestic violence or you have been accused of committing an act of abuse upon a family member, it is imperative that you act quickly to protect yourself. If you are on the other end of the spectrum and you are in a position where you are being abused and need protection, you need an experienced Minnesota family law lawyer to help you protect yourself.
Christian Peterson is an experienced domestic abuse attorney who is focused on getting results in domestic abuse cases. If you are the victim of domestic abuse or you have been accused and you wish to defend yourself against the accusations, you will have a qualified and competent attorney by your side.
Protecting Your Rights And Well-Being
Minnesota’s statutes define domestic abuse as:
- Physical harm or fear of harm inflicted on a family member
- Criminal sexual conduct committed by a family member
The law defines a family member broadly because it can include a child, spouse, or any relative living within the home. Cohabitants with a child or children in common are also considered family in the home. Any violent act involving these individuals is considered a domestic offense.
If an act of domestic abuse occurs, the Minnesota Domestic Abuse Act gives him or her the right to seek relief and obtain an Order for Protection. If there are minor children, then the guardian of the children or a reputable adult over 25 years of age can seek an order for protection on their behalf to ensure protection if there is an immediate threat and present danger of domestic abuse. To ensure the order is issued quickly, the court will issue a temporary order for protection.
Whether you are on the side seeking an order of protection because of a domestic abuse issue or you are defending yourself against on, you receive the advice and guidance that you need. For instance, we can help you obtain the order by ensuring that all steps in the process move smoothly. If you are named in an order for protection, then we will help you defend yourself. It is important that you defend yourself against the order since it can remove you from your home and keep you away from any minor children. Violation of the order, even if accidental, can result in up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 in fines. Multiple violations can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and years in prison. The sentences are harsh because an order for protection qualifies as contempt of court.
Christian Peterson is an Anoka family law lawyer who is concerned with the well-being of the client. While there are many legitimate claims and clients needing protected, there are also those claims in family legal proceedings that may be found to have no merit and that means the accused in those cases needs to be protected as well.