Licensing and Civil Proceedings
In many instances, an arrest, a pending case, or a conviction can affect corollary, or even unrelated, cases or licenses an individual possesses or is trying to obtain. If a professional license is held, often there are strict self-reporting requirements, which may trigger a separate proceeding to suspend or restrict that individual’s specialized license. It is important not to delay the reporting and responses that are required to fight these corollary proceedings.
Other examples can include Civil Restraining Orders, or Family Court Protective Orders, which are related but separate from the Criminal Orders that are in place. These separate Orders may seem identical, but can be filed by individual litigants themselves, even without the knowledge or coordination of deputy district attorneys. These Orders may conflict with the criminal orders that are in place. may overlap in terms of locations and individuals that have restrictions, and can cause confusion as to what to comply with, and how. It is important to address these different Orders, to coordinate uniformity, and if necessary, fight them.
There may be situations when there is no actual criminal case, or a criminal case was rejected by law enforcement or the District Attorney, but Civil TRO/RO requests were filed by individuals, and Civil (or Family Court) dates have been set. These should never be ignored, and the consequences of an issued Restraining or Protective Order can be significant and can affect an individual’s ability to travel, maintain or possess a gun, or even go within 100 yards of a neighbor’s residence.