Orders of Protection in Brooklyn
Helping Our Clients Put Safety First
Brooklyn is a tough town, but intimidation, verbal abuse, threats, and
actual physical violence are not things with which we have to live. For
almost 50 years, Coffinas & Lusthaus, P.C. has helped harassed individuals
throughout Brooklyn get orders of protection (i.e., restraining orders)
that put abusers on notice, prohibits contact, and provides penalties
for violations. While a protective order is meant to be a shield, we've
also seen it used as a sword, especially in hotly contested domestic disputes.
Therefore, we also help clients defend against baseless accusations made
to discredit them in the eyes of the court. Whether you need help securing
an order for protection or opposing the issuance of an order, our Brooklyn-tough,
Manhattan-smart attorneys can effectively advance your case.
Contact Coffinas & Lusthaus, P.C.
at (718) 717-1005 to discuss your need for an order of protection.
What courts in New York issue orders of protection?
In New York, the Supreme Court, Family Court, or Criminal Court may issue
an order of protection. Where you go for the order depends on your circumstances.
The Supreme Court may issue a protective order against a spouse as part
of an ongoing divorce procedure. The Criminal Court issues orders of protection
against a party who's been arrested for domestic abuse. The Family
Court issues orders of protection for a variety of domestic situations.
You can get an order in Family Court against:
- Your current or former spouse
- Someone with whom you share a child
- A blood relative or in-law family member
- Someone with whom you've had an intimate relationship
Speak with our Brooklyn family lawyers immediately to obtain an order of protection.
What types of protection can I obtain?
At Coffinas & Lusthaus, P.C., we can advise you on obtaining the type
of protective order that best suits your interests, including:
Limited or "refrain from" order of protection: This order allows the respondent to have contact with the victim as long
as there is no abusive or threatening behavior.
Temporary order of protection: When you first apply for an order of protection, the judge may issue a
temporary order depending on the facts of your case. This order lasts
until your court hearing on the final order.
Full or "stay away" order of protection: This order forces the respondent to cease all contact with the victim,
including communications by telephone, mail, and email. It may include
a provision requiring the respondent to pay child support, follow
custody orders, stay away from the children, and not own a firearm. This type
of order could also find you or your partner excluded from (put out of) the home.
Final order of protection: This order requires a hearing to give your alleged abuser an opportunity
to testify. After hearing from both sides and reviewing the evidence,
the judge decides whether to grant a final order of protection. Final
orders of protection can stay in place as long as five years.
In addition to providing advice, Coffinas & Lusthaus, P.C. helps you
get a restraining order, with strong advocacy from filing to arguing the
merits at your hearing to appeal, if necessary. For clients who have been
unfairly targeted, we provide a staunch defense to accusations that could
damage your reputation and put you at a disadvantage in a divorce proceeding
or post-divorce adjudication.
Our Family Law Attorneys Can Help Safeguard Your Family
Coffinas & Lusthaus, P.C. advocates for clients throughout the five
boroughs, Westchester, and Nassau who either need orders of protection
or have been wrongfully targeted. For decisive action to protect your
safety or defend your reputation, contact our team. We intentionally limit
our caseloads, so call today at (718) 717-1005.