Like probation order violations, the violation of a restraining order will generally result in a bench warrant being issued for the arrest of the defendant.  If this bench warrant is not promptly addressed, the police may go as far as visiting the home of the defendant in an effort to take them to the local jail, and ultimately to the judge who issued the warrant.  For that reason, it is essential that the defendant retain a competent criminal defense lawyer whenever they become aware of a restraining order violation, so as to remove the bench warrant and set a convenient hearing.

In certain cases, restraining orders themselves can be issued without proper grounds: on occasion, the individual on whose behalf the restraining order is issued might be motivated by malice and revenge, and not have legal and proper grounds to obtain such an order.  At The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling, we do not shy away from challenging the court’s decision to issue a restraining order, particularly where visitation rights might be involved.  

If you have been subjected to an unfair restraining order, or if you have violated a restraining order and wish to avoid the stress of dealing with a bench warrant, contact The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling today.

When retained for a new case, our first efforts are directed toward rescheduling the client’s court date to fit the client’s scheduling needs, wherever possible.  Our legal team works hand-in-hand with court clerks across the state, and we can generally secure a new court date within 24 hours.

Once an acceptable date has been set for the hearing, we go to work investigating the prosecution’s case.  Our attorneys tirelessly scrutinize the details of the case, ensuring that the police did not overreact to the situation, that they had reliable witnesses, that no constitutional rights were violated, and so on.  If any weakness exists in the prosecution’s case, we identify them, and when found we use them to minimize the consequences of being charged criminally.

If the prosecution proves unwilling to offer a reasonable agreement - if not dismiss the case outright - we begin to prepare for trial.  Keeping the client informed of each development, we secure expert witnesses, prepare transcripts for evidence, hire private investigators, and more.  Regardless of the difficulties of the case, we present a formidable and informed defense throughout the trial process, up to and including sentencing.

Finally, if a sentence is imposed, we present the clients with all of the options which they still have available to them, from appealing the sentence to a higher court, to clearing the client's records through expungement.  We never consider a case ‘closed,’ until every avenue of defense and recovery have been exhausted.

At The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling, we are dedicated to providing our clients inside and outside of Utah with a quality criminal defense lawyer at a competitive rate.  After more than twenty years of experience defending and prosecuting criminal law throughout the state, we guarantee effective and competent criminal defense in every case we take.  Contact us now to receive a free consultation with an experienced attorney.


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