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Domestic abuse involves a statutory definition and process associated with obtaining an Order for Protection. Here is a quick guide on those issues:

  • Abuse: Physical harm, assault or infliction of fear of imminent physical harm among family members.
  • Process: Alleged victim submits papers to judge, outlining what happened. If court believes act of abuse occurred, Order for Protection is issued. Alleged aggressor may dispute issuance of Order, and request a hearing. If alleged victim proves case, Order up to two years may issue. If case not proven, Order is dismissed.
  • OFP Violation: Constitutes a crime.

If you have a question concerning domestic abuse or an Order for Protection, our lawyers are here to help. Call (763) 783-5146 for a consultation.