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Olathe Domestic Violence Lawyer

Have you been charged with domestic violence?

Being charged with domestic violence can lead to serious consequences for your future, not only as regards to potential criminal charges, but the effect it may have on your family life going forward. A domestic violence charge may automatically keep you from seeing your children or returning to your home if it is deemed you are a danger to your immediate family. When charged with this crime, contact an Olathe criminal attorney to determine what legal steps you can take to protect your rights in this matter.

Many spouses who are having marital problems can become spiteful and vengeful and use a domestic violence charge as a tool to get the upper hand in a divorce. As this can seriously affect your relationship with your family and children, contacting my firm, The Law Office of John Harvell is vital to preserving your parental rights and possibly even your freedom.

Skilled Olathe Domestic Violence Attorney

When the police are called out on a domestic violence charge, they are required to make an arrest. You will need to post bond in order to get out of jail and you will face a 72 hour automatic no-contact order. When facing charges of this severity, having my firm aggressively defend your rights is necessary to your future. Having such a conviction on your record can lead to serious consequences, including jail time, court ordered batterers' intervention classes and the loss of the right to own a gun, not to mention what it can do to your parental rights.

With nearly 30 years' experience and a history as a former prosecutor, I know what is needed to fight your case. Contact my office today to schedule a consultation.

Domestic Violence Information for Johnson County

The Johnson County District Attorney's Office and surrounding police departments are very aggressive in prosecuting domestic violence cases. The District Attorney's Office and police departments have adopted a policy that if a call is made and any domestic violence is reported, they have to arrest one of the persons involved. They have extended that requirement to include Criminal Damage to Property, Trespass and other minor offenses. This is especially troubling because many of the cases involving domestic violence also involve false allegations or false police reports.

In the event you are charged with domestic violence, there is a requirement that there be no contact between the parties for 72 hours. You are also likely to be required to post bond and be placed on bond supervision.

In the event you are convicted of domestic violence or participate in a diversion program, you may lose your civil liberties and no longer possess or own a firearm.

In addition, if you are convicted of domestic violence, you will be required to complete some level of anger control treatment.

Protection from Abuse/Protection from Stalking

It is very common that a person charged with domestic violence also receives a civil petition for Protection from Abuse or Protection from Stalking When a person files a Petition in District Court, the Judge can issue temporary orders preventing individuals from returning to their home and/or having contact with significant others or spouses. Those temporary orders can also define and restrict child custody or parenting time.

This is a hot spot for abuse of process. Many individuals abuse the court process and use these type of filings to harass spouses, family members and significant others during divorce proceedings.

Contact an Olathe domestic violence lawyer if you have been accused of domestic violence.

Why Choose John Harvell

  • Nearly 30 years representing clients throughout Kansas

  • Former prosecutor, understanding both sides of the courtoom

  • Highly knowledgeable regarding all major updates to Kansas DUI laws

  • Build compelling defense strategies that more effectively protect my clients' rights

Client Testimonials

  • “Thank you for listening to me, my Mom and Sister”


  • “I am very glad that we went to him with our troubles and would go to him again if we needed to.”


  • “My husband walked away with a small misdemeanor, and able to come back home.”


  • “Mr. Harvell filed a Motion to Suppress because of an illegal car search. Prior to trial, the charges were dismissed.”


  • “He set up a plan of action which truly saved not just me but my whole family from hardship.”