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Our Family Law Attorneys Can Help You with Orders of Protection in Long Island, New York

Protecting you and your children from harm in Suffolk and Nassau Counties

No one should suffer harm by a loved one. Even verbal threats of harm justify taking action to protect yourself and your children. Obtaining an order of protection from a New York court can help by limiting the behavior of a person who causes harm or threatens to harm you.

If you or a loved one is in immediate physical danger, call 911 for protection. But when you need to remove your spouse from your household or otherwise keep yourself and your children safe, the attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP provide the immediate attention required to obtain an order of protection.

How orders of protection work

Orders of protection require potential offenders to take certain actions to limit the potential that they will commit abuse. The court issues specific restrictions such as forbidding an individual from owning a gun or requiring him or her to maintain a certain distance from a potential victim and avoid any type of contact, including phone calls and text messages. Orders can also require the person to move out of your home, follow child custody orders or pay child support.

Anyone who violates an order of protection can face criminal charges. This means you can call police any time a person does not follow the specific provisions of the order — even if the violation causes no physical harm.

Three types of orders of protection

Orders of protection are linked to different courts within the New York State Unified Court System. While they all serve to protect your safety, each one has unique aspects, as follows:

  • Family court: These orders typically protect you from a family member or any individual with whom you have a current or past close personal relationship.
  • Supreme court: These orders are issued as part of an ongoing divorce proceeding upon the request of one of the parties of the divorce.
  • Criminal court: These orders are issued as a condition of release or bail and serve to protect the public from an individual charged with a crime.

Applying for an order of protection can be a complex and emotionally-charged process. The family law attorneys at our firm help people in Suffolk County and elsewhere on Long Island choose the appropriate type of order for their specific situations and compassionately guide them through the application process.

For compassionate support, contact our experienced Long Island family law attorneys

The attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP understand how difficult it can be to take legal action against someone close to you. But when your safety or the safety of your children is involved, our goal is to help protect you. To discuss your legal issues and learn how we can help you, contact us online or call us at 631-360-0400.