If you have suffered abuse at the hands of someone in or closely connected to your family, you can seek an Order of Protection through Family Court, in addition to pursuing criminal charges. Family Court can issue an Order of Protection against a person who you are related to by blood or marriage, you are married or were formerly married to, you have a child with, or you are in or have had an intimate relationship with. Additionally, the person must have behaved in a way that constitutes one of the followings offenses: Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, Aggravated Harassment, Sexual Misconduct Offenses, Stalking, Criminal Mischief, Menacing, Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation, Strangulation, or Assault.
A Family Court Order of Protection, unlike a criminal charge, is aimed at combating family violence rather than prosecuting the offender. In furtherance of this goal, the Court can refer the parties to counseling and provide other services, in addition to issuing an Order of Protection.
Our domestic violence and orders of protection attorneys provide services in Family Courts in the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington.
We know that the decision to leave a violent partner is a hard decision to make and an even harder decision to see through. When you think you may be ready to take that step, let us help you get back on your feet.