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Our legal advocate provides free legal assistance with domestic violence temporary restraining orders and harassment orders in sexual assault/abuse cases, as well as answering questions about the legal process, accompanying victims to court, and assisting with communication between law enforcement agencies and the court system.

We provide training and education to the community and raise awareness of victim rights. 

Our legal advocates are not attorneyes. We cannot give legal advice, we can only give legal information.

A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) can protect up to 2-4 weeks (until your next court date). A Restraining Order, or permanent order, can last up to 3 years.
If you need protection NOW call 911 and ask any officer for an Emergency Protective Order.

How Do I Know If I Am A Victim?

​Physical Abuse
Has ypur partner pulled your hair, scratched, hit, kicked, slapped, pushed or punched you? Or physically hurt you in some other way?
Sexual Abuse
Has your partner forced you to have sex without your consent? 
​This is against the law even if you are married.
​Verbal Abuse
Has your partner called you names or made verbal threats to hurt you or your children?
Emotional Abuse
Has your partner put you down, kept you isolated, or even humiliated you? Do they make you feel guilty for the issues in your relationship, play mind games or even make you feel bad about your existence or looks?
​Financial Abuse
Does your partner control your money, bank accounts or credit cards? Do they keep you financially independent? Do they pressure you to sign or credit documents?

How to Protect Yourself

A Restraining Order Can Help

Make a safety plan. Start by packing a bag with things you would need if you have to leave quickyly. Leave the bag someplace safe and easy to get to fast. Or leave it with a neighbor or relative you trust.
Examples of what to bring:
ID, Passport, Birth Cert., Legal Documents, Money, Medication
A Restraining Order can help you co-parent with safety guards in place. For more information please come into Lassen Family Services, Inc.

A Restraining Order Can Order the Abuser to

How to Get a Restraining Order

Not to contact you, your children, relatives, or roommates. Stay away from your home, work, school and your child's school. Move out of your house. Not have a gun. Follow custody and visitation orders. Stay away from your pets. 
Call or come into Lassen Family, Inc. and make an appointment to see one of our legal advocates. If your legal issues are outside of Domestic Violence or Sexual Harrasement you can visit Access to Justice on Fridays.

Services LFS Does Not Provide

Legal Separation
Criminal Protective Orders
Emergency Protective Orders
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Questions To Ask Before You Hire An Attorney​

Questions about divorce or custody cases

  • Have you or any members of your firm ever represented my partner or anyone associated with my partner? 
  • Do you handle divorce or custody cases? How many of these cases have you handled? 
  • How many of them were contested? 
  • How many of them went to trial? 
  • Did any of the cases involve expert witnesses? 
  • How many were before the judge(s) who will hear my case? 
  • What kind of decisions does this judge usually make? 
  • Have you ever appealed a case, and if so, what were the issue(s) appealed?
  • How many of these appealed cases did you win? (Remember that even excellent attorneys lose cases.) 

Questions about attorney fees and costs

  • What are your fees? What work do these fees cover? Is this an hourly fee or a flat fee for the entire case? 
  • Is there an additional charge for appearing in court? 
  • Do you ever charge less for people who do not have much money? 
  • Do you charge a retainer? How much? What does it cover? Do you refund all or part of the retainer if my case ends up being dropped or not taking much time? (Attorneys should be willing to refund any part of the retainer not spent.) Ñ Are there other expenses which I may have to pay? What are they and how much are they likely to be? 
  • Will you be the only person working on my case? What will other people do? How will I be charged for their work? Will I be charged for speaking to your secretary? Your receptionist? 
  • Are there ways that I can assist you so as to keep down my costs? 
  • Will you send me a copy of letters, documents, and court papers that you file or receive regarding my case? 
  • Do you charge extra if the case gets more complicated or we have to go back to court? 
  • Will you require that I have paid everything that I owe you before you will go to court with me or finish my case? (Many attorneys do this. They may also refuse to return your original papers or copies of your file, and in some states this may be legal. Therefore you should insist on getting a copy of any paper filed with the court or given or received from another party or otherwise relevant to your case. Be sure to keep all of them in a safe place, in case you ever need them.) 
  • Are you willing to work out a payment plan with me? 
  • Will you put our agreement about fees and what work you will perform in writing? 

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Business Phone: 530-257-4599
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