Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in Fall River

An accusation of domestic violence can have an immediate impact on your reputation, your freedom and any family-related legal issues you may have. If you have a restraining order placed against you, you may not be able to return home, see your family or own a firearm. Additionally, these types of accusation could have an effect on a divorce, custody or visitation matter.

I am domestic violence defense lawyer Kenneth D. van Colen of The Law Offices Burke, Espinola, & van Colen in Fall River. With more than 15 years of experience handling both criminal defense and family law matters, I have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to protect your interests if you have been accused of violence against a spouse, child or other family member. Contact my Fall River law firm to set up a free initial consultation about your case.

Criminal Charges and Restraining Order in Bristol County and New Bedford

Arriving at the scene of a domestic dispute, law enforcement officers are often quick to arrest. Charges for domestic assault or domestic battery can lead to prison time, fines and a serious criminal record.

Additionally, if a restraining order, sometimes referred to as a protective order, is filed against you, you could face criminal charges if you violate that order. A restraining order could forbid you from returning home or seeing your loved ones. It is important to take care to follow the order and work closely with your attorney to have the restraining order lifted or limited.

Family Law and Domestic Violence

Domestic violence or spousal abuse accusation can result not only in criminal charges, it can also impact any family law proceedings. If you are involved in a custody dispute or divorce, I will work diligently to protect your rights throughout the process.

I also represent victims of domestic violence. I can help you obtain a restraining order and represent you in hearings, in your divorce and in other family-related matters. I will leverage my resources in order to provide you with the support, advice and advocacy you need.

Contact My Office in Massachusetts

To speak with me about domestic violence charges, restraining orders, divorce or custody, contact my law office.