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Joseph, thank you for that advice. Now I can tell the sheriff's department I have consulted an attorney, whether it is actually necessary or not. Yes, I agree, the sheriff is probably advising me in this manner to make it clear that they are only telling me what they are empowered to do and not advising me on any course of action.
I have also checked into the matter of the restraining order. The police advise me that they cannot issue such an order that would keep anyone out of their primary place of residence. If my son becomes abusive, my only remedy is to call the police. If that happens, with my son still being on probation, it is likely that he would be ordered to serve the remainder of his sentence handed to him for his first arrest for domestic violence and may have another sentence imposed on him as well. He knows all of this. Unfortunately, because of his mental illness, he sometimes cannot restrain himself.
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