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San Antonio Protective Order Attorney | Bexar County Restraining & Protective Order Lawyers | San Antonio Criminal Lawyer | Bexar County Family Attorney | Law Office of Bill Baskette
110 West Nueva Street | San Antonio, TX 78204

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Protective Orders

Accomplished Texas Lawyer and Former Judge Working with You and Protective Orders

Making the restraining order process simple in San Antonio and beyond

In Texas, we have two kinds of emergency orders: protective orders and restraining orders. Many people — even other attorneys — think they’re the same thing. This isn’t true. Protective orders are tougher than restraining orders and have far more reach. Protective orders protect the safety and emotional well-being of people who suffer from violence (usually family violence). If you violate a protective order, you may be arrested or charged with contempt. Restraining orders tell people how to behave during an ongoing court case, such as a divorce or for domestic violence. Typically, they prevent the subject from doing things like emptying bank accounts, driving a specific car, confiscating mail and other actions. Unlike protective orders, the police can’t enforce a restraining order — you have to bring it to the court’s attention.

Obtaining a restraining order or a protective order

For more than 30 years as a criminal defense attorney, I’ve often dealt with people seeking restraining orders to protect their rights. The process is straightforward, but it involves some work on your part. If you need a restraining order, you ask the local courthouse for a temporary restraining order (TRO). If the court gives you a TRO, the order is immediately active and a hearing is scheduled to see if a long-term or permanent restraining order or protection order should be put in place. At the Law Office of Bill Baskette, I use my experience as a former judge and prosecutor to represent you in hearings for long-term and permanent restraining orders and protective orders. As a former family law judge and prosecutor, I know the importance of enforcing restraining orders, and I know how to fight them when they’re based on false accusations. At the hearing, two things might happen depending on why I’m representing you.
  • If you’re the victim of abuse and you’re asking for a restraining or protective order, I prepare the evidence to support extending the restraining order or issuing a protective order. I point to patterns of behavior, such as threats and domestic disputes, to encourage the judge to decide in your favor.
  • I can also help if distorted or false accusations of abuse have resulted in a restraining order against you. I help make your case for having the order dropped, pointing to a lack of evidence, unreliable eyewitness testimony, and personal disputes that may introduce an ulterior motive (such as an ongoing divorce or custody battle).

What happens after a restraining or protective order is issued?

If an order is issued, the person subject to it must follow the terms. Violating a protective order can lead to arrest. You might have to do any or all of the following if you’re subject to a protective order or restraining order:
  • Leave a shared house or apartment
  • Turn over your guns and other weapons
  • Have no contact with the person who filed the order
  • Avoid being in the same location or within a certain distance of the filer
  • Pay child support and spousal maintenance
  • Curtail child visits
Protective orders, especially, are very serious. They can cause substantial disruption to your life and carry numerous penalties. Remember, though, that they’re just paper unless you enforce them. You still need to call the police and be vigilant.

Professional assistance for personal legal problems

Regardless whether you need a restraining order because of a family law matter or a criminal defense attorney to fight a protective order, I have the experience and knowledge to help you. As a former judge and prosecutor, and as an attorney for more than 30 years, I’ve seen plenty of good and bad. If you’re dealing with a protective or restraining order in Texas, please give me a call at the San Antonio, Texas Law Offices of Bill Baskette for an initial consultation regarding your case. Contact me today with a free email inquiry about how I can defend you, or call my office at 210.930.1200. My office is downtown, directly across from the Bexar County Courthouse, with plenty of street and lot parking within two blocks. I offer weekend and evening hours by appointment.