Michigan Domestic Violence Attorney Serving Clients in Birmingham
Did you know that domestic violence affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States? According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), nearly 2,500 Michigan residents who have been victims of domestic violence receive help from state domestic violence programs each year, and more than 100,000 Michigan residents report incidents of domestic violence. Domestic violence takes many different forms. In some situations, it involves physical violence or threats of physical violence. In other cases, stalking results in domestic violence charges and can lead to a personal protection order (PPO).
Nobody should have to deal with domestic violence. These crimes are taken very seriously in Michigan, and they come with significant penalties upon conviction. At the same time, it is important to recognize that false allegations can be made, and that individuals can be wrongly accused of domestic violence. If you need help obtaining a PPO, or if you need assistance after being accused of domestic violence, a Birmingham family law attorney can assist you.
What is a PPO and How Does It Relate to Domestic Violence Cases in Birmingham, Michigan?
A personal protection order (PPO) is a court order that tells another person to stop making threats against you or to stop engaging in violent acts against you. As a pamphlet from Michigan.gov explains, there are two different types of PPOs that may come into play in a domestic violence case:
- Domestic PPO: In order to be eligible for a domestic PPO, you must have a domestic relationship with the person against whom you want the PPO to be enforced. We will say more about this shortly. The individual seeking the PPO must be able to prove that the person is interfering with his or her personal freedom or has threatened or committed violence against him or her in the past.
- Stalking PPO: A stalking PPO is designed to protect an individual from any other person who has engaged in a pattern of two or more unconsented acts that have made the individual feel threatened, harassed, frightened, or molested.
To obtain a domestic PPO, you must have one of the following relationships with the individual against whom you want the PPO to be enforced:
- Current or former spouse;
- Someone with whom you have a child;
- Someone you are dating or used to date; and/or
- Someone you currently lives in the same household as you or used to live in the same household as you.
The court can issue a temporary PPO in certain cases, as well as a permanent PPO depending upon the specific facts of your case. If you have questions about obtaining a PPO or defending against allegations of domestic violence in a petition for a PPO, you should reach out to a Birmingham family law attorney about your case.
Contact a Birmingham Domestic Violence Attorney
Whether you have questions about a personal protection order or need to learn more about domestic violence charges in Michigan, a dedicated domestic violence attorney in Birmingham can assist with your case. Contact the law office of Paul J. Tafelski today to get started on your case.