On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Saturday, December 19, 2015.
When it comes to domestic violence, we understand the urgency of the situation and that timing is everything. Victims of domestic abuse endure some of the most traumatic and unimaginable circumstances on a daily basis, and securing legal protection as soon as possible is critical to their mental and physical health. More importantly, if a domestic abuser discovers that his or her victim has pursued legal action, the consequences could be fatal, making it even more important that victims get the help they need fast.
However, just like any legal process, taking action to receive protection from domestic abuse can take time. There are legal documents to fill out and various actions to take. In order to ensure that you receive the protection you need in the quickest manner possible, it is in your best interests to do as much as you can before you begin to pursue any formal legal action and before you contact an attorney.
For example, if you are seeking an Order of Protection, you may wish to go online to the Missouri Courts website and print out the petition beforehand. Fill it out as quickly as possible so that you can present it to a judge as soon as you file. Depending on the circumstances, you could receive immediate protection before a hearing is even scheduled for the case.
Of course, once you fill out the form, it is highly recommended that you seek out the aid of an attorney. An attorney can help you fill out the necessary information and also help you build a case to prove that you are truly in danger and in need of legal protection from domestic abuse.