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The Court’s Power to Protect You

Edward Furlong, the 35-year-old actor most famous for playing the role of John Connor in Terminator 2, was just recently sentenced to six months in jail in California for violating an order of protection.

He joins dozens of celebrities who have been charged or convicted of domestic violence over the years across the United States.

An order of protection is a court order created to restrain the actions of someone who threatens you with harm. Celebrities often seek orders of protection against harassing and threatening fans. But most commonly, orders of protection are issued in a family law context at the end of a relationship.

Generally, you can petition the courts to get an order of protection against:

  • Your current or former spouse
  • The other parent of your child
  • Any family member
  • Any person with whom you have an intimate relationship where the nature of the relationship may be decided by the court

The order of protection can compel the unwanted person, for example, to stay a certain distance away from you and/or your children, cease contact with you, move out of your house, not have a gun or other weapon, and refrain from threatening behaviors. If the subject of an order of protection violates the order, the offender can be arrested and sent to jail.

If you are in an imminently dangerous situation, call 911. Then contact a domestic violence lawyer in our office as soon as possible to help get you an order of protection to remove the threat of violence to you and your children.

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As a Buffalo divorce lawyer for 25 years, I have devoted myself to solving the problems that affect families throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York. As a family law attorney, I make it my goal to create a partnership of trust with my clients. People put their trust in me to handle cases that can potentially have a long-lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of their family as well.

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