More Info on Protective Orders
1st - Terms
- Petitioner - This is the person who is seeking protection.
- Respondent - This is the person who may be restrained by the Protective Order.
2nd - Civil, not Criminal
- This is not a criminal process. It is a civil process.
- In a civil process, the Court only has to determine which story is more likely to be true.
3rd - What Facts are Needed?
- Temporary Protective Order
- The Court needs to determine that the Petitioner is in imminent danger.
- Permanent Protective Order
4th - What Can a Protective Order Do?
- A Protective Order will stop someone from:
- Contacting, injuring, or threatening a protected person.
- Being in a particular area.
- Coming near a protected person.
- Taking or harming the pet of a protected person.
- Having guns for the length of the Protective Order.
5th - How Long?
- Temporary Order - Lasts until the Permanent Protective Order Hearing.
- Permanent Order - Lasts forever. You may request to end the Protective Order after two years.