When in High School, one of my reading assignments was “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. It’s anecdotal, but it is my understanding that many attorneys today were influenced by that writing. I certainly know that it made a profound impact on my life, and, in part is the reason that I went to Law School. The ethic of service and giving back to the community are important concepts and make up a part of what I do and what my firm aspires to do. Handling protective orders is one way in which we may be able to give back and help.
Early on I affiliated for a bit with the Women’s Center of Brazoria County, Texas. The opportunity presented itself where I might handle protective orders, it seemed like a wonderful fit, and so I have now been handling protective order for a good number of years, at least 20 years more or less.
I have now handled over 300 such cases in the Family District Courts here in Brazoria County. There is no fee for the Applicant in such matters and so I am happy to discuss this type of case with a prospective client, see if you meet the criteria and then depending on the facts gathered take the appropriate steps to help.
The basis in law is as follows. Under the Texas Family Code, the Court must find that family violence has occurred in the past and is likely to occur in the future. Additionally, under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, a pathway to getting a protective order issued, exists if the Applicant can show a pattern of behavior including stalking, harassment and sexual assault among other acts.
So, if you or a loved one that you know finds yourself/themselves in the unfortunate scenario where you/a loved one has suffered abuses at the hand of a family member or significant other, give us a call. We may be able to help.