There are several areas of law that have overlapping issues and various types of attorneys. As an example, if you and your significant other were to get into a physical altercation in front of your child, you would trigger several areas of law. It is very important to understand what kind of attorney you need so that you can find the right attorney for you.
If the police are called and you are arrested, you would need a criminal defense attorney, the ramifications of which would involve possible incarceration among various other types of punishment. Through a criminal case, a judge could also issue a no contact order which, if violated, could result in further incarceration.
When an altercation occurs in front of a child, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is likely to become involved. The police will contact DCF when they realize a child was involved. If that occurs, an investigator will come out to speak to you. You would need a dependency attorney to assist you with this. It is important to know that family law attorneys and criminal defense attorneys are not usually well-versed in dependency, which is a complex area of law.
You or your significant other could also go down to the courthouse and submit a Petition for an Injunction. This is a civil restraining order between two parties, but would appear on a background check and could have a significant impact on someone's livelihood and as such should be taken seriously. Additionally, you or your significant other may be married and one or both of you may be seeking a divorce. For these situations, you would need a family law attorney with experience in domestic violence issues.
At Solaris Law Group, one of our goals is to be able to provide clients with competent and trustworthy attorneys knowledgeable in the areas in which our clients require assistance. We have a former prosecutor with the experience necessary to properly defend a client against criminal allegations. We have two attorneys that have extensive knowledge in the dependency system, who are familiar and comfortable with that complex system. Lastly, one of our attorneys practiced exclusively domestic violence for three years and has now been practicing family law for eight years. You do not have to worry and stress about calling multiple firms to find multiple attorneys. Contact us for a free consultation.