Orders of Protection

Orders of Protection

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Orders of Protection

An order of protection, also known as a restraining order, is a form of legal injunction that requires a party to do, or refrain from doing, a certain act. They are intended to protect family members from an alleged abuser.

An order of protection is used when:

  • The parties are married or were married in the past
  • The parties live together or lived together in the past
  • The parties are both parents of a child
  • One of the parties is pregnant by the other
  • One of the parties is a parent, grandparent, in-law, or sibling

An injunction prohibiting harassment is a court order directing a person to stop harassing, annoying, or alarming another person.

An injunction prohibiting harassment is used when:

  • The parties are dating but have never lived together
  • The parties have a relationship not previously listed
  • The parties share a workplace

Has a Restraining Order Been Placed Against You?

If someone has obtained an order of protection or injunction prohibiting harassment against you, you can challenge that order through the courts. Do not try to talk it out with the person who obtained the order without the assistance of our firm. Until revoked or modified, the order is legally enforceable, and trying to talk it out with the other party is a direct violation of the order. You must go to court and get the order eliminated or modified before having any contact with any person identified in the order.

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If an order of protection or injunction prohibiting harassment is granted or upheld after a hearing, it will remain in effect for one year. In most cases, these are civil proceedings rather than criminal. If, however, a person violates either type of order, that violation is criminal, and charges will be filed. Do not violate an injunction or order of protection because doing so can only make the situation worse.

If you would like to contact Owens and Perkins, P.C. regarding obtaining or contesting an order of protection or injunction prohibiting harassment, schedule a free 1/2 hour case evaluation.

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