Oklahoma City Victim Protective (VPO) Lawyers
Protecting You & Your Family from Harm
A Victim Protective Order (VPO) in Oklahoma acts like a restraining order to protect individuals and their family members from various types of domestic abuse. These can be issued by civil courts on a temporary or more permanent basis. They are intended to stop different types of harm, intimidation, harassment, or stalking as well as other serious crimes such as rape. The individuals who are named as the aggressors in such orders face harsh penalties by the court should they violate the terms and conditions of the order as set forth by the judge.
If you have suffered or been threatened with any type of domestic harm in the greater Oklahoma City area, you can seek legal help from Mazaheri Law Firm. We also represent those who have been falsely accused of such abuse in contesting VPOs. Either way, our team of compassionate and highly-knowledgeable attorneys can take legal action to protect your legal rights and best interests. Whether on an emergency or more permanent basis, we can take your case to court and strongly advocate on your behalf for the legal protections or rights you seek. We offer caring and competent legal representation in this matter.
Information About Victim Protective Orders in Oklahoma
VPOs are issued to prevent domestic violence, rape, other sex offenses, assault and battery, and kidnapping. When granted, the named person accused of the misconduct is ordered by the court to stay away from the victim (called the Petitioner in the court case). This includes prohibiting the offender from making any kind of contact, whether physical, verbal, text, email, phone call, or letter with the protected person. In many cases, the offender is required to leave the shared residence and give up any firearms. Other terms and conditions may be issued in the VPO as the court sees fit.
VPOs can be sought by any person who has some type of domestic or household relationship with the abuser. They can also be sought by victims of the above-mentioned crimes. The person seeking the VPO is called the Petitioner while the accused victimizer is called the Defendant.
Defendants who violate any of the terms of a VPO face criminal penalties such as jail time and fines that will increase on second and subsequent convictions or if anyone suffers actual harm as a result of the violation.
Courts also can take action against anyone seeking a VPO based on false claims, such as when one party does so with the ulterior motive of gaining an edge in a divorce or child custody case. Should the judge determine this to be true, the Petitioner seeking the VPO may face all court costs and attorney fees for bringing a frivolous petition to the court.
VPOs are issued on an emergency basis or permanent basis. Emergency VPOs may be issued that will last until a hearing can be scheduled in which both parties can appear in court to present evidence of their claims. A final VPO can be ordered after the hearing takes place and the judge determines the matter. If the judge rules that the final VPO should be granted, it may last for up to five years. Upon expiration of that date, the VPO may be extended after another hearing is conducted. In some cases, continuous orders that have no end date are ordered; these typically occur in cases where the Defendant has a criminal history.
Outstanding Legal Help from Mazaheri Law Firm
If you have been victimized in a domestic situation or in a serious crime as stated above or if you have been unfairly accused in a VPO matter, we recommend that you seek legal help from our firm. We can give you the honest and straightforward answers and guidance you need as well as provide capable and focused legal representation in civil court. At our firm, you will always receive responsive service, individualized attention, and service dedicated to the fierce protection your legal rights.
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