Temporary Restraining Orders
Are you the target of a TRO?
Temporary restraining orders (TROs) number in the hundreds each year because
they are relatively easy to get. Any person, with or without an attorney
can go to a District Court or Family Court location in Hawaii and ask
for a restraining order against you, without you being there to provide
your point of view, and without you even being aware that he or she is doing so.
It's important that you get the right answers. Defense attorney Kevin
O'Grady is a very knowledgeable and experienced former prosecutor
who will protect your legal rights. If you've been served with a restraining
order or need to file one against someone else, you can contact his law
offices for a free, no-commitment discussion of your circumstances.
Reasons for a temporary restraining order
The restraining order you received might be:
- a part of a Domestic Violence incident
- a dispute between two unrelated persons
- a criminal "No Contact" order
Each of these is a document signed by a judge, ordering you to stay away
from the Petitioner and/or not contact him or her (or "them;"
the order might cover more than one person, for example, a woman and her
children, an individual and his/her spouse). Particular forms of physical,
verbal, and/or electronic contact (for example, phone, texting and email)
may be forbidden by the order. You also be ordered away from your own
house or residence or workplace or a common location you frequent regularly.
You will also be ordered to immediately surrender all firearms, ammunition,
and firearms permits even though you may not have been criminally charged
with anything and you haven't been found guilty of committing any crime.
What to Do If You Were Served with a TRO
When you receive a TRO, it's very important that you:
Abide by the order ; that is, do not violate it. No matter how unfair or unjustified you feel
that the order is, it is not in your best interest to try to work it out
alone with the Petitioner.
Contact a skilled defense attorney to protect your legal rights. The negative consequences of a restraining
order merit the presence of a qualified lawyer who is on your side.
If you haven't been served with a restraining order but you suspect
that you will be served, it's still an appropriate time to contact
a defense attorney. There are several ways that Kevin O'Grady can
argue against a TRO or an injunction, and there are ways that he can minimize
or even eliminate the negative consequences of being served with a restraining order.
Child Protective Service Hearing
CPS has been called and now the state is involved in your family. Police
Officers will frequently call in the social workers of CPS who usually
have already made up their minds about what they think you have done.
Their answer? To have the state control your life, your family and raise
your children. The social workers have no problem thinking they know best
for you and your family. This is a separate proceeding from any criminal
proceeding, but the consequences can be long lasting to you and your children.
CPS proceedings can go on for a long time, sometimes much longer than
a criminal proceeding for a related offense and the financial and emotional
cost can be significant for you to defend again the CPS. You need an experienced
trial attorney to tackle the CPS. Kevin O'Grady is that attorney.