Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVROs)

We help clients seek protection from violence, and advocate for clients falsely accused of abuse.

A domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) may have serious and harmful consequences for a client’s employment, child custody, and constitutional rights. Having a skilled an experienced attorney by your side in court is essential to protecting your rights. Attorney Christina Cortino recognizes that domestic violence is a  serious allegation, but that clients may face a restraining order because of a vindictive ex, misunderstanding, or because of an escalating custody dispute.

At the outset of representation, she will conduct a detailed meeting, client interview, review of documentation (including law enforcement reports), and set a plan with the client to defend against the order. She uses her litigation background to propound discovery and gather evidence to support her client’s defense. In court, she is knowledgeable regarding evidentiary objections, and uses her trial advocacy skills to persuasively argue to the Court why the restraining order is not appropriate.

Christina understands that trial should be avoided, and is skilled at bringing adverse parties together to reach non-CLETS (i.e., non reporting) restraining orders that do not impact her client’s careers, and limit the impact on their constitutionally protected rights.

Civil Harassment Restraining Orders

Unlike a DVRO, a civil harassment restraining order has a higher burden of proof. For example, a civil harassment order does not require a close relationship between the parties, and is therefore applicable to tenants, strangers, and other persons with whom the victim does not have a close relationship with.

Cost-Effective Representation

Representation regarding restraining orders in Sacramento county starts at $1,500 flat-fee before trial. This fee is an estimate, and is not guaranteed. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.