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Skilled Courtroom Advocacy For Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVRO)

Domestic violence is taken seriously by the California courts. When police are summoned to a domestic disturbance or someone reports being abused or threatened, judges will almost always issue a temporary restraining order as a precaution and cooling-off measure. But after the immediate danger has passed, the court must decide whether to continue that order.

I am attorney Gisela Acevedo, a board-certified family law specialist* in San Diego with substantial experience on both sides of domestic violence cases. I understand how delicate domestic violence restraining orders are, and the legal implications of a permanent restraining order on individuals and families. I take pride in being thorough, fierce and strategic on behalf of my clients in DVRO cases.

Requesting Or Defending A Restraining Order

I have represented victims of domestic violence who have good reason to be fearful that a spouse, partner or family member will hurt them again. I have defended men (and women) who are the subject of DVROs despite never raising a hand or making threats. And I have handled many cases in that gray area where a physical altercation did occur and there is a legitimate question of whether a permanent restraining order is merited.

I draw on 10 years of courtroom skill to obtain evidence and testimony — by subpoena if necessary — in arguing for or against a DVRO. I do not take this issue lightly, especially knowing the ramifications for divorce and child custody proceedings. I have litigated many restraining order cases, including cross-examination of victims, defendants, witnesses and law enforcement personnel.

Violating A DVRO

Violating a restraining order can lead to contempt of court charges and result in court sanctions or additional restrictions. I have defended clients in subsequent DVRO hearings, and I have represented victims who are asking the court to extend or strengthen a DVRO because the subject has repeatedly violated the terms. Both parties have rights and are entitled to due process.

These Are The Times You Need A Strong Legal Advocate

Regardless of what happened before this point, you have a lot at stake in what happens next. If you feel that you need a permanent restraining for the safety of you and your children, please reach out to me today. If you are the subject of a TRO (temporary restraining order) and need legal representation at the DVRO hearing, I will listen to your side of the story and help you strategize your defense.

Call Acevedo Family Law APC at 619-566-9573 to schedule a consultation or use my email contact form. I practice in the courts of San Diego County, and I am fluent in both English and Spanish. Se habla español.

*Certified in family law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization