Restraining Orders

Restraining OrderRestraining orders are court orders that require an individual to cease contact, abuse, or other behavior. These orders can be temporary or permanent and can last up to five years and are often filed in conjunction with divorce proceedings.

The lawyers at the Los Angeles law firm of Lieber Williams & Labin can help you if you have had a restraining order filed against you. Common types of restraining orders are:

EPO – Emergency Protective Order – May be issued by a law enforcement officer at any time and lasts up to 5 days. When children are involved, the EPO allows for the victim to receive temporary custody.

DVRO – Domestic Violence Restraining Order – Issued by a judge first as a temporary restraining order effective until the next court date.

It is possible for your attorney to be zealously aggressive in the courtroom and still provide you with the non-judgmental and caring advice that you need during this difficult time.  Contact the Los Angeles Restraing Order Lawyers at Lieber Williams & Labin for a FREE CONSULTATION.

The attorney you speak with will discuss your case with you and answer any questions you have about the specific type of restraining order or protective order that may have been taken out against you. 

All restraining orders are public records.  Thus, having an individual take steps to petition the court for an order against you can have dramatic effects on your family and social life.

Moreover, restraining orders, especially temporary restraining orders are routinely granted without regard for whether the accusations the petitioner is making are true.  Most judges will grant a temporary restraining order “just in case” what is being said is true in order to avoid being the judge who denied a restraining order to a person who later becomes a true victim.

The same is true at the follow-up hearing, i.e., judges will often make a “temporary” restraining order “permanent” to avoid the negative publicity that would occur if it turned out what the petitioner/accuser is saying were true.  Obviously, this is patently unfair to the individual fighting the restraining order, because they have to deal with the social stigma of having a restraining order granted by a court against them, in addition to having such an order on their record.  This is why it is essential to have an attorney experienced in handling these matters who will go into court and aggressively fight the accusations being made.  Only a thorough, prepared approach by an experienced attorney will overcome the judge’s desire to grant the order as a “precautionary” measure.

In some cases, a court order of this type could result in you having to move out of your home, or lose ability to see your children and other serious consequences.  For example, if someone at your place of work obtains a civil harassment order against you, you could potentially be fired from your job.

Los Angeles Restraining Order Lawyers

Do not make the mistake, as so many others do, of assuming that because the accuser’s allegations are false that the truth will prevail.  Unfortunately, Courts have little regard for “the truth” when issuing these orders.  Instead, most judges will “err on the side of caution,” and grant the order.  It is easy for a judge to somewhat arbitrarily decide in favor of the person seeking the order because the likelihood of being overturned on appeal is so low in these cases.  Thus, fighting a restraining order must be done strategically and aggressively by a professional who is experienced in making presentations to the Court.  The legal team at Lieber Williams & Labin is aware that a restraining order carries potentially devastating and embarrassing consequences.  We are also well aware of the emotionally-charged nature of the issues that often surround theses cases.  That is why you will be treated by us in the compassionate and non-judgmental manner that you deserve.

For specific information about restraining order violations, see our page discussing restraining order violations.

Restraining Order Information and Links

Restraining order hearings in most of Los Angeles are handled at the downtown civil courthouse, known as the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, located at 111 North Hill Street in Los Angeles. Parking is readily available nearby and the closest place to park is the Los Angeles Music Center’s Disney Concert Hall Structure. Click the link below for more parking information:

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While restraining order violation allegations are handled by Los Angeles County’s criminal courts, the issuance of restraining orders fall within the jurisdiction of the County’s civil court system; specifically, family law courts. Below is a list of important family law offices (and corresponding phone numbers) at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, as well as a list of courtrooms (departments) and judges that hear family law cases.


Important Family Law Courthouse Offices & Phone Numbers

  • Family Law (213) 893-9754
  • Family Court Services Mediation (213) 974-5524
  • Family Court Services Evaluation (213) 893-2096
  • Family Law, Fax Filings (213) 633-4955
  • Family Law, Filing of Cases (213) 974-5568
  • Family Law, Forms (213) 974-5568
  • Family Law, Facilitator Office (213) 974-5004
  • Family Law, Information Center (213) 893-9754


Family Law Judicial Officers & Corresponding Courtrooms

  • Gordon, Scott M. ASJ, Department 02A
  • Beaudet, Teresa A. Judge, Department 02B
  • Weinbach, Elia Judge, Department 02D
  • Pacheco, Randall Judge, Department 06
  • Silverman, B. Scott Judge, Department 07
  • Jones, Anthony S,, Comr, Department 08
  • Moloney, Stephen, Judge, Department 27
  • Willett, Robert, Judge, Department 43
  • Nleson, Maren E., Judge, Department 60
  • Iwaski, Bruce G., Judge, Department 63
  • Byrd, Christine, Judge, Department 65
  • Court, Michelle W., Judge, Department 67
  • Lewis, Thomas Trent, ASJ, Department 79
  • Marmaro, Mark, Judge, Department 83
  • Endman, James D., Comr., Department 84
  • Fujie, Holly J., Judge, Department 87
  • Hofer, Ralph, Judge, Department 88


Below are pages discussing restraining orders in local courts and links to other pages with useful info: