San Jose Divorce Lawyer discusses Chris Brown and Rihanna: When to File for a Restraining Order
By now we all know that Rihanna and her boyfriend Chris Brown were in a physical altercation last week. Perhaps the question on everyone’s mind (besides why did he do it), is should Rihanna be seeking a restraining order against him? Or did she get one from the police?
In California, there are two main types of restraining orders available to victims of domestic violence: domestic violence restraining orders, and criminal protective orders. Criminal protective orders are issued in cases where criminal charges are pressed. A domestic violence restraining order is issued by the family law courts, and requires no pending criminal charges. These domestic violence restraining orders are issued on an ex parte basis, and set for a hearing in a short period of time. At the hearing, courts can issue longer restraining orders, anywhere from 1 to 5 years.