Yesterday, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge granted actress, Rose McGowan, a temporary restraining order against a man she claims was harassing her and her employees. This man, Luis Santo III, repeatedly called McGowan’s office and her agent insisting that he was in love with the actress despite the fact that the actress has never met this man.
Additionally, Santo apparently threatened McGowan’s employees when they would not allow him to speak to the actress.
The temporary restraining order prohibits Santo from harassing, contacting or communicating with McGowan. Additionally, Santo must stay at least 200 yards away from McGowan. A hearing to determine whether the restraining order should become a permanent one is set for hearing on March 11.
From an Orange County divorce lawyer perspective, clearly, restraining orders are not limited to spouses (or ex-spouses). Anyone can petition the court for a restraining order if they feel their life is in danger and they need protection. Another alternative to filing a restraining order would be a Civil Harassment order.
Restraining orders can have a damaging effect to one’s history. From an Orange County family law lawyer’s point of view, hypothetically speaking, if a Wife seeks a domestic violence restraining order from an unemployed Husband and succeeds, the Husband will likely have a tough time finding a future job. Obviously, prospective employers will want to know if there are any lawsuits pending. Once the Husband admits “yes”, employers will definitely scrutinize his credibility and character.
Indeed, we have seen this scenario come up in many cases. Luckily, in a most recent Orange County domestic violence restraining order case that we just finalized, the Husband was able to have his falsely filed domestic violence temporary restraining order sealed and removed from the entire Orange County Superior Court docket system. Needless to say, Husband was very satisfied.
If you are in need of a restraining order or wish to have a reputable Orange County Domestic Violence attorney defend you, do not hesitate to contact an Orange County divorce attorney for assistance.