When served with paperwork for an order of protection, or even if he is trying to obtain an order of protection for himself, it may be a daunting prospect to an Omaha man to think about having to go to a court for hearing.
For better or for worse, in Nebraska, many requests for protection orders will have to be heard in front of a judge. Moreover, if a man gets served with an order for protection, he should strongly consider asking for a hearing. After all, as previous posts have described, there are serious consequences to having a protection order against a man, including the possibility of professional damage or damage to the man’s reputation.
When going to court, perhaps the best advice to a man in Douglas or Sarpy Counties is to strongly consider consulting with an attorney and hiring an attorney to represent him. This is a particularly good idea when the other side has a lawyer representing her.
Perhaps a man’s most important evidence will be his own explanation as to what did or did not happen. If he is arguing that the allegations could not have happened, such as if he was not even there at the time, then he may consider bringing evidence of his whereabouts.
He should consider bringing other documentation that is important, but he needs to remember that a judge will not be able to accept documentation she can’t keep until the case is over. In other words, it is often not a viable solution to hand the judge a smart phone.
A man facing allegations of domestic abuse in a protection order proceeding will need to prepare to go to court. Doing so may even be his best option. However, he should make sure he understands what is entailed in the process, which is where speaking with a skilled legal professional may prove beneficial.