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Expert Maui TRO Attorney

If you want to file a TRO or fight a TRO, protective order, or violation, you can turn to our office for a knowledgeable and aggressive Maui restraining order lawyer. We represent petitioners and respondents in restraining order hearings and we will do everything possible to help you obtain the most optimum outcome possible. These types of orders are often based on hearsay, falsehoods, exaggerations, and otherwise weak evidence which is why you need a veteran Maui Restraining Order Attorney.

Kristin Coccaro, the TRO lawyer at Empire Law, has the skills, knowledge, and passion needed to help with your Maui TRO issue. She will tirelessly fight for your best interests.

In Maui County, there are two main types of protective orders. These can be issued on both a temporary basis (referred to as temporary restraining orders or TROs) or on a definite time period, such as 1 year. Violation of a restraining order is a criminal offense.

Our Maui restraining order lawyer, Kristin has been practicing in this field for over 20 years, has strong relationships with local judges and prosecutors, and brings a wealth of knowledge and commitment to every client. We understand the life-altering impact a restraining order can have on you in such matters as your job, housing, child custody, etc. Additionally, we know how restraining orders can be issued based on falsehoods from alleged victims. We will fight for your rights and your future.

Types of Protective Orders On Maui

  • District court protective orders
  • Family court protective orders

District Court Protective Orders

These orders are issued against individuals who are not related to or have a relationship with an alleged victim. These protective orders can be initiated without having to inform the other party. In order to obtain a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a non-family member (ie a neighbor or stranger), an alleged victim must fill out the necessary forms either before or at the district court. If the court grants the TRO, the order is valid for up to 15 days or until the next court hearing is held.

Family Protective Orders

An alleged victim can contact the local family court right after a domestic violence incident. A TRO court officer will help victims prepare the necessary documents to submit to the judge for review.

When a judge grants a victim a TRO, a show-cause court hearing will be scheduled within fifteen days. If the judge at the show cause hearing (OSC hearing) rules in favor of the alleged victim, the TRO will be extended or the victim will be granted a Protective Order, which can last for any reasonable amount of time the judge deems appropriate.

At the Temporary Restraining Order/Injunction hearing, both parties have an opportunity to present their case and evidence. If the judge sides with the alleged victim, the TRO will be extended beyond 90 days or they will be granted an Injunction Against Harassment. This Injunction can last for a maximum of three years but can be longer if it is violated within those 3 years.

Restraining Order Violations

If someone violates a TRO, they will be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by a mandatory minimum of 48 hours in jail and a fine. A second violation of a TRO is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 30 days in jail and larger fines. If you have been accused of violating a TRO or had someone violate a TRO you’ve filed reach out to the best Maui restraining order lawyer, Kristin Coccaro.

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