California Restraining Orders and Your Safety

California Restraining Orders and Your Safety

No one has the right to make you feel unsafe. A Restraining Order can help protect you.

If you or someone you know is being abused or harassed by a friend, co-worker, family member, spouse, or other, it’s important to get legal help from a free resource or a California Restraining Order Attorney in Contra Costa immediately.

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Stranger Danger is a valid concern for us, but the treat of violence is more likely to come from someone we know. A quarter of all American women will experience severe physical violence at the hands of someone familiar. Stalking by an ex can happen to 15% of women. Abuse and creeping can lead to a fatal encounter. Of women murdered in the US, nearly half are killed by an intimate partner.

Fortunately,  restraining order can help protect people from further abuse, or worse.  It is an order issued by a court and published on a statewide computer system called the California Law Enforcement Trafficking System (CLETS). This allows law enforcement officers throughout the state to see that a restraining order has been issued. For victims of domestic violence or any form of abuse, whether it be physical, emotional, or verbal, a restraining order may need a restraining order for protection.  Above all, the protection obtained through a restraining order can not only protect you and your loved ones but your property and livelihood as well.

California Restraining Order Types

There are several types of Restraining Orders in California, which vary on the situation, the relationship of the parties, and the types of threats and violence involved.

Deciding on the best method to get legal protection from abuse or harassment can be daunting and scary. The attorneys at Mendes Weed, LLP understand that it is often difficult to proceed with legal action against the abuser, who is often a friend or family member. Unfortunately, fear and threats by the abuser often make it challenging to seek legal counsel, let alone take action. We want to help you feel safe and secure. We will listen with compassion as we advise you and your family of your rights. Call us for a California Restraining Order Attorney in Contra Costa.

If you feel that you may be the victim of Civil Harassment and need information about Restraining Orders, get help, or contact us immediately. The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. All information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.


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The Partners of Mendes Weed LLP, are your dedicated advocates in family, tax, and estate legal matters. We help our clients keep their families, businesses, investments, and their futures, safe and protected. Their full bios are here.

Lisa Mendes is a licensed attorney, with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). She is an active member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA), specifically in the Family Law, Women’s, Tax, and Estate Planning Sections.

Attorney Christina Weed is a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law by the State Bar of California. She also has an LL.M. in Taxation and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy. She serves as Chair of the Tax Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association.

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Social Media & Teenagers – Legal Ramifications of Social Media Posts

Social Media & Teenagers – Legal Ramifications of Social Media Posts

If you have an adolescent, chances are, they belong to one of the numerous social media platforms. While today’s technology allows us to instantly share our thoughts, experiences, feelings, moods, and activities, not all sharing is healthy or appropriate. In fact, certain activity on social media can be punishable by law and be considered harassment.

Parents: Have a Frank and Honest Discussion with your Kids about the Ramifications of their Actions on Social Media

While an adolescent may not understand the ramifications of posting a comment, activity, or picture on social media, it’s important for parents to inform the child of the consequences that might occur as a result of what’s being posted. What might seem like a harmless, innocent, or “funny” post can, in fact, be illegal and costly.

In a CNN article, When Posting Online Can Get You Arrested, author Lauren Russell shares several examples of social media postings that resulted in legal action against the poster.

Any illegal behavior on the part of a minor that is captured on social media can be used by police to prosecute. If your adolescent is posting underage drinking, hazing, harassment, lewd or lascivious behavior, or more, he or she can find himself or herself arrested, charged, fined, and with a record.

Posting any comments that appear to harass, intimidate, demoralize, or bully another person can also be used against your child.

But the Postings Have Been Taken Down

A common misconception by teens is that their posts have been taken down and thus, they no longer exist.  In reality, posts can be screen shot or shared in such a manner as to keep the post alive and available to prosecute.

Adolescents should also be aware that the government can subpoena any deleted content, dismissing the incorrect belief that social media posts “disappear.”

Should Your Child Have a Social Media Account?

For more information and thoughtful analysis of whether or not your child should have a social media account, consider reading this article in Parent’s MagazineShould Your Child Have a Social Media Account?

In Need of Legal Advice for Civil Harassment or a Restraining Order Due to Social Media Postings? Contact Mendes Law, PC

If you or someone you know needs protection or advice on Civil Harassment or Restraining Orders, contact Mendes Weed, LLP.

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The Impact of the #MeToo Movement on Incidents of Civil Harassment

The Impact of the #MeToo Movement on Incidents of Civil Harassment

The #MeToo movement is gaining strong momentum since its inception in the fall of 2017. We’ve witnessed it in the workplace, on social media, on TV, among fellow students, and on the playing field. It is broadening awareness among adolescents, teens, and adults that sexual harassment is not to be tolerated and that victims are not to be silenced.

Our history of hiding or not bringing to light sexual assault and harassment has come to a halting stop, with brave individuals bringing attention to their abuse. Now, more than ever, the #MeToo movement to support victims and stop sexual abuse and harassment, is in full force.

The #MeToo Movement has Gone Viral

Time magazine acknowledged the women who have spoken up about their abuse as their Person of the Year. These “Silence Breakers” created a pivotal movement that has allowed other victims of abuse to come forward.

There are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and websites devoted to supporting victims, many of whom would have continued to remained silent and undergo more suffering without the courage of the women of the #MeToo Movement.

Support for Victims in Need of a Civil Harassment Restraining Order

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual harassment, you do not have to suffer in silence. If you are afraid of retaliation or losing your job or scared about how reporting harassment may affect you, it is best that you contact a lawyer familiar with harassment. He or she can offer support and guidance and help you with a Civil Harassment Restraining Order

Contact Mendes Weed, LLP

Lisa Mendes is an attorney experienced with helping individuals obtain a civil harassment restraining order to protect them against abuse. Please contact us immediately if would like more information about how a civil harassment restraining order may protect you. We are on your side and advocate on the part of our clients to protect your rights.

Disclaimer: The tips and materials provided on this page are for informational purposes only, offered as public service. No information on this website should be considered legal advice or used as a substitute for legal advice. For legal advice, you should contact an attorney directly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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