Domestic Violence Protection (DVP) orders under RCW 26.50 serve a vital function in protecting a spouse, domestic partner, or former romantic partner from misbehavior of the other party, from violence and threats of violence to stalking. (Unfortunately, they are sometimes mis-used for strategic advantage, as well, in divorces or custody battles.)
These DVP orders usually first issue from the court “ex parte,” which means without notice to the other person until he or she is served with the restraint. Normally a fully hearing will be set within 14 days from the ex parte order being granted by the court, so that the restrained person can present his or her side of the story.
The penalties are severe for violating these orders, from a gross misdemeanor to a class C felony. Even if you are completely innocent of the alleged domestic violence, you must obey the order unless and until it is changed in the full hearing. To prepare for that hearing, as the person bringing the petition, or as the person defending against a petition, you need good legal help to prepare your facts for the court.
Craig Mason of Mason Law, located in Spokane, Washington, can help you fully prepare for court, so that your story is heard. Call Mason Law at (509) 443-3681 today.