Family Court case. I didn't do anything. My ex has invented terrible stories about me on the petition. Can I just accept to give her a 6-month order of protection without admitting to anything, I don't want to see her anyways. However, when I accept to have an order of protection am I not also accepting what is written on the petition?! Therefore can I get in trouble, since I would admit to some horrible things, even though I didn't do them?
Criminal Defense Attorney
Yes you can..... the period may be more than 6 months though.
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You may consent to an order of protection with no finding of wrongdoing - meaning there would be no finding by the Judge that you did any of the things she said you did. The terms of a consent order generally range between 6 months - 2 years (with the average being 1 year). In any event, I encourage you to schedule a follow-up consultation with a NYC Domestic Violence attorney.
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Family Law Attorney
I would strongly consider not agreeing to it. A violation could occur inadvertently, and then you have even more trouble. Weigh it all very carefully.
To questioners from West Virginia & New York: Although I am licensed to practice in your state, I practice on a day-to-day basis in Massachusetts. I answer questions in your state in areas of the law in which I practice, and in which I feel comfortable trying to offer you assistance based on my knowledge of specific statutes in your state and/or general principles applicable in all states. It is always best, however, to work with attorneys and court personnel in your own area to deal with specific problems and factual situations.
You have two choices: consent to the order without a finding (meaning there is no finding of fact that the allegations are true) or fight the order and have a trial. If you have a trial and lose, then there will be an order and a finding of fact supporting it (which may not matter to you depending on any other legal issues you have, such as child custody). For a more detailed conversation about your options you should see a lawyer.