Experienced And Compassionate Help For Victims Of Abuse

Domestic abuse in families can cause immeasurable physical and emotional pain. At the Law Offices of Michael Gast, we help families stay safe, protect their rights and ensure they are aware of their legal options, including the option of filing a restraining order.

Michael Gast is an experienced family law attorney and criminal defense lawyer. He is a former prosecutor who has handled high-profile criminal defense matters. When you work with our law firm, you are receiving the benefit of years of experience navigating both family courts and the criminal justice system. He can clearly explain the potential consequences of the various choices before you.

He regularly seeks restraining orders against abusers. He helps victims with custody matters ensure children stay safe. And he can help families resolve the financial and emotional aspects of both a contested and uncontested divorce.

You Have Legal Options, Even If No Criminal Charges Are Filed

Your spouse, or soon-to-be ex-spouse, may not be facing any criminal charges. Regardless, you have the right to get a protective order or peace order if there is a likelihood you or your children are in danger of physical violence.

A judge can issue a temporary domestic violence protective order, more commonly known as a restraining order, upon finding that it is likely that there is a risk of domestic abuse. The abuser does not have to be present at the hearing for a judge to issue such an order. This order can prevent your abuser from contacting you or being within a certain distance of your residence for up to 30 days. At a later date, you can petition the court for a final protective order, which can last up to 2 years under certain conditions.

If you do not qualify for a domestic violence protective order due to your relationship with the abuser, you may still be able to obtain a peace order, which can accomplish the same thing as a protective order.

Need Help With A Protective Order? Call Us For A Free Initial Consultation.

If you have questions regarding filing a protective order or have experienced domestic abuse and are considering filing for divorce, contact the Law Offices of Michael Gast. We represent clients throughout Frederick County and Washington County. We have offices in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland. Call us at (301) 732-6410 or schedule your consultation with a domestic violence lawyer confidentially online.