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Attorneys at Oney and Kim will carefully evaluate your circumstances and help you determine which course of action face reality and find workable solutions to their domestic problems.
If you need a MInnesota domestic violence and spousal abuse lawyer who understands the realities of domestic violence, contact Oney and Kim. Let us provide you with resources you need and take the legal action necessary to protect you and your children from further harm.
Domestic abuse can take many forms:
An Order for Protection (OFP) is an order signed by a judge that may help protect you from domestic abuse. An OFP orders the abuser not to contact, harm or threaten to harm you, your children or other people the judge agrees to list on the order. You can also ask the judge to order the abuser to do certain things or stop doing certain things to help keep you safe.
A person who is a victim of harassment (Petitioner) may seek a restraining order from the Court. The parent or guardian of a minor who is the victim of harassment may seek a restraining order on behalf of the minor. The restraining order prohibits harassment and may be issued against an individual (Respondent) who has engaged in harassment, or against organizations (Respondent) that have sponsored or promoted harassment. A restraining order ends on the date specified in the order. This is usually two years from the date the order is signed.
What is Harassment?
Under Minn. Stat. § 609.748, harassment is defined as:
1. A single incident of physical or sexual assault.
2. Repeated incidents of intrusive or unwanted acts, words or gestures that have a
substantial adverse effect or are intended to have a substantial adverse effect on the
safety, security or privacy of another, regardless of the relationship between you
and the alleged harasser.
3. Targeted residential picketing, which includes:
a. marching, standing, or patrolling by one or more persons directed solely at a particular residential building in a manner that adversely affects the safety, security, or privacy of an occupant of the building, and
b. marching, standing, or patrolling by one or more persons which prevents an occupant of a residential building from gaining access to or exiting from the property on which the residential building is located.
4. A pattern of attending public events after being notified that one’s presence is
harassing to another.
To get a temporary restraining order under 1 and 2 above, the Petition must also allege an immediate and present danger of harassment. The purpose of the harassment restraining order is to protect a person from future harassment. Therefore, to get a restraining order under 1 and 2, there must have been acts that meet the definition of harassment AND a likelihood that the harassment will continue.
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