Elkridge, MD asked in Domestic Violence for Virginia

Q: How to get a restraining order lifted in Virginia.

My fiance and I had gotten into an argument and the neighbors heard us and called the police. We were yelling but no physical contact was made. I didn't press the charges nor did I testify how can I get this lifted so we can finally get married and see each other

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Shemeka C Hankins
Shemeka C Hankins
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: First and foremost, who is the protective order against? The person who asked for the restraining order can go to the court to petition to have it dissolved by the court. Most protective order require someone to request it. If it was a restraining order that arose out of this incident, those are usually temporary for 72 hours and then they dissolve on their own. I would seek advice of a local lawyer in your area and take your protective order for them to review so you can get further advice. Good luck.

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Susan Fremit
Susan Fremit
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Spotsylvania , VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Contact a local criminal defense attorney to have a one on one consultation to discuss how to get the protective order listed. Going to "find a lawyer" on this website is a good start.

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