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Syracuse Area Orders of Protection Lawyer

Helping petitioners and respondents with domestic violence injunctions

The Bombardo Law Office, P.C. has extensive experience with the laws that apply to domestic violence. I work to facilitate swift legal protection for petitioners and a strong defense for respondents. Whether you are seeking an injunction as a petitioner or denying allegations as respondent, I am eager to help you with drafting your paperwork, representing you in hearings, and providing any other legal support you may need. I represent domestic violence petitioners and respondents throughout central New York, including Onondaga, Cayuga, Oneonta and Madison counties.

Divorce attorney in Syracuse, New York handling full and limited orders of protection

In New York criminal court, there are two types of orders of protection; full and limited. I am well-versed in both. A full order of protection is a document — signed by the respondent and judge — ordering a respondent to have "no contact whatsoever" with the protected person. This includes all of the following:

  • Physically staying away from the person
  • Physically staying away from the person's home, school or place of business
  • Refraining from communicating with the protected person in any way, including by mail, telephone, email, text message or instant message
  • Refraining from sending messages to the protected parties via third parties

A limited order of protection instructs a respondent to refrain from any criminal offense against the protected person, including:

  • Assault
  • Stalking
  • Harassment
  • Aggravated Harassment
  • Menacing
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Intimidation
  • Threats

Although penal law already protects everyone from these offenses, the limited order of protection makes the named offender subject to additional charges.

Protecting the victims of domestic violence

If you are a victim of domestic violence or fear you are in physical danger due to mistreatment, you need to act to protect yourself and your children. The perceived threat can be from a spouse, intimate partner or other family members. If you or someone close to you is in this situation, contact me for help in applying for an order of protection known as a restraining order. An order of protection subjects the person it names to arrest and incarceration if he or she violates the terms of the order. Both men and women are permitted to seek orders of protection. This area of law is complex, and the criteria for obtaining an order of protection varys, depending on:

  • The relationship between the parties
  • In which court the petition must be sought

Defending respondents against accusations

There are times when there is no basis for an injunction or restraining order. The repercussions of a temporary or permanent injunction can be severe. A respondent can suffer a loss of reputation, job, liberty and assets. Clients placed in this situation need effective and concerned counsel to help them through this difficult time, and that is exactly what I provide.

Consult with a Syracuse divorce lawyer about legal protection or defense in domestic violence cases

For two decades, clients have relied on my skills as a Syracuse divorce attorney in handling domestic violence issues. Whether a petitioner or respondent in a protective order, our firm provides you with strong advocacy. The Bombardo Law Offices arranges consultations weekdays or after hours and during the weekend by appointment. To discuss your concerns in a free consultation, call 315.488.5544 or contact the firm online. Also, you can inquire about our flexible payment option.

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