If you are a victim of a qualifying crime under the Domestic Violence Act, you can request a Temporary Restraining Order. The request is temporary until you both appear before a Superior Court Judge who will determine whether it is appropriate to grant a permanent order referred to as a Final Restraining order. The result of either a Temporary or Final Restraining Order is that your partner will not have access to you (or your children) until a Judge allows it.
In any case however, the police can guide you through the process and provide you with the information you need to decide to request a restraining order or file a complaint for criminal charges.
Keep in mind that if the abuser is a close family relative and you are an immigrant you may qualify for a green card under the Violence Against Women’s Act. Otherwise, you may qualify for legal status under the U-Visa.
If you face an Domestic Violence issue we have some valuable resources for you:
- An Immigrant’s Guide to Municipal Court Here I discuss the municipal court process and how a municipal court matter can result in your being deported. I also discuss what happens if you get arrested by Immigration Customs Enforcement, what you need to know to get out of custody, and what to expect if you are placed in removal hearings.
- Do You Need an Immigration Attorney? You Might Not I will explain when you need an immigration attorney. Not every needs one. I will also explain the benefits of hiring one in any immigration challenge.
- 7 Critical Questions to ask Before Hiring an Immigration Attorney If you have decided that you need an immigration attorney, how do you make sure you hire a good one? I explain to you the questions you need to ask before you hire your immigration attorney.
If you have questions, we have answers.
- Call our knowledgeable staff at 888-695-6169;
- Fill out our contact us form on this page; or
- Select our live chat feature to speak to someone right away.
We help victims of domestic violence, one trial at a time.