Having Oklahoma P.O on Record Can Cause Numerous Issues
Video Transcribed: How do you protect yourself from a protective order being filed against you in Oklahoma? I’m Tulsa attorney James Wirth and I’m about to discuss that topic. Okay, so what can you do to mitigate the risk of a protective order being filed? On my firm, we deal a lot in family law cases, people going through domestic struggles, fighting over custody, child support, getting divorces, legal separations, paternity determinations.
Those cases can all have high anxiety and, in those cases, sometimes the law can incentive somebody to file a protective order. So I am talking to people regularly about how to mitigate those risks. So obviously if you’re concerned about a protective order being filed or you’re going through a domestic case, obviously you want to avoid doing anything that could be construed as domestic violence, threats of physical harm, harassment, stalking, avoid, all of those things.
And be very careful to avoid them. If possible, you might want to restrict your communications if you’re not communicating healthy to communications that are in writing, perhaps email or text messages. But before you send those, you want to write it and then review it and review it from the point of view that a judge may be reading this.
And then if you read it thinking that a judge may be reading it later and it seems appropriate, then that’s what should go ahead and send and try to shut down any other communications.
The other thing is if you feel like that this is coming to a head where something’s going to be filed with the court, whether the other side may be filing for divorce, you may be maybe filing for custody. If it looks like something that’s going to be filed, the safer bet is to file quickly and file first.
That way if something is filed later, it may look retaliatory because it may in fact be retaliatory. So that’s one thing that you can do to mitigate as well is be proactive, get into court first, but obviously don’t do anything that can be construed as a negative against you as harassment or stalking beyond your best behavior.
Consult with an attorney and that’s the general information. But if you’re going through this, you don’t want general information. You need specific information regarding your circumstances and for that you’ve got to talk to an attorney. So if you want a attorney consult on that, give me a call, (918) 932-2800