Restraining Orders


A restraining order, also known as a protective order, is a legal injunction issued by the court to protect an individual from being harmed or harassed. It typically arises in cases of domestic violence, stalking, harassment, or any other form of threat or abuse. The order sets strict rules on the person named in the order, prohibiting them from certain actions, which may include contact with the victim, coming within a certain distance of the victim, or even possessing a firearm. Non-compliance with the conditions of a restraining order can lead to severe legal consequences, including criminal charges. The aim of a restraining order is to provide a measure of safety and peace of mind to those who fear for their personal safety.

Call the Law Office Of J. David Munoz & Associates today at (562) 362-4078 to learn more about how our firm can support you in obtaining this document and navigating the legal process.

How Do I Get a Restraining Order in California?

Obtaining a restraining order in California involves several legal steps. It starts with the alleged victim or their attorney filing a request for a protective order with the court. If the judge believes the applicant is in immediate danger, a temporary restraining order may be granted, which typically lasts until the full court hearing. The court hearing is the next crucial step where both parties present their case and the judge makes a final decision. 

The process for receiving a restraining order may include:

  • The first step is to visit your local courthouse and request the necessary forms to apply for a restraining order.
  • Complete the paperwork, detailing why you need the protective order. This includes describing the incidents of abuse or harassment and providing any evidence.
  • File the forms with the court clerk, who will then schedule a court hearing.
  • Attend the hearing and present your case. It may be beneficial to have legal representation for this step.
  • If the judge rules in your favor, the temporary restraining order will become a permanent restraining order, usually lasting up to five years.

How Can aN Attorney Support You in the Restraining Order Process?

At Law Office Of J. David Munoz & Associates, our attorney can play a pivotal role in helping you obtain and enforce a restraining order. Our legal team can provide valuable legal guidance throughout the process, helping you understand your rights and the legal implications involved. Our experienced attorney can ensure that your application for a restraining order is correctly filled out and convincingly presents your case, enhancing the likelihood of success. 

We can provide skilled representation at the court hearing, presenting evidence and arguments that substantiate your claims of threat or abuse. If the restraining order is granted, our attorney can also assist with its enforcement. Should the restrained party violate the order, we can swiftly take legal action, including reporting the violation to the court, which can result in penalties for the offender.


Our skilled attorney can provide comprehensive legal support throughout the filing process as well as represent you in court. To learn more about how our firm can support your goals, call us at (562) 362-4078.

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