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Washington County Attorneys Aid Clients in Domestic Abuse Cases

Experienced with domestic abuse cases in Washington County, Dakota County, Burnsville, Stillwater and Woodbury, MN

If you are the victim of domestic abuse, the attorneys at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. are ready to help. Our Oakdale law firm focuses on family law, allowing us to stay on the cutting edge of developments in case law and statutes. With more than 50 years ’ combined experienced, we can help you resolve any family law problems you face.

What is domestic abuse?

Abuse takes many forms and can have long-lasting effects on family members, in addition to the immediate disruption of daily life. In Minnesota, “a domestic violence-related offense” is defined as any of the following, if committed against a family or household member:

  • Murder
  • Assault
  • Domestic assault
  • Domestic assault by strangulation
  • Criminal sexual conduct
  • Malicious punishment of a child
  • Terroristic threats
  • Violation of domestic abuse Order for Protection
  • Violation of domestic abuse no-contact order
  • Violation of harassment restraining order
  • Harassment or stalking
  • Interference with an emergency call
  • A violation of similar laws of any other U.S. jurisdiction

For purposes of the domestic violence laws, a family or household member includes:

  • Spouses
  • Former spouses
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Other blood relatives
  • Persons residing together or who have resided together in the past
  • Persons who have a child in common (or a child on the way)
  • Persons involved in a romantic or sexual relationship

Under Minnesota law, anyone who is the victim of domestic abuse may petition a court for an Order for Protection. An Order for Protection orders the abuser to stop harming or threatening you and your children. When an Order for Protection has been issued, the abuser must stay away from your home, workplace, school or other locations frequented by you and your minor children.

Contact a Minnesota domestic abuse attorney to discuss your case today

With an office in Oakdale, Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. serves clients in Washington County, Dakota County, Burnsville, Eagan and Woodbury, MN.  Let us help you with your domestic abuse issues. Contact us online, or call us at 651-379-3024. We are committed to protecting you.

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  • "Tori had a thorough understanding of my situation and made excellent recommendations to resolve my concerns. She was persistent on communication and handled everything in a very timely manner. I would definitely hire her again in the future if needed." - M.K.

  • "With Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., it is like having a family physician. They are all knowledgeable, thorough, comforting, and the only call I need to make for all my legal needs for many years to come. No matter what the matter, I totally trust their advice and commitment to me and my family." - J.N.

  • "Mary from APH Law helped me thru a difficult divorce. She and the entire staff was there for me every step of the way helping me on what to do next. They listened to what I wanted and helped me achieve what matter the most to me in the divorce settlement." - Dana C.

  • "I chose APH after my initial consultation with Mary. I felt my best interest would be represented. The entire process went excellent, the attorneys and staff communicated effectively and efficiently with me throughout the process as they needed to. Being new to the legal process and verbiage, they walked me and talked me through the next steps and the jargon, I felt completely comfortable and represented. I hope I never have to use legal services again but if I do I will call Mary at APH Law and know that I will be taken care of." - Jeff M.

  • "Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties. Though, I hope I won't need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help." - Rod S.

  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.


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