Protective orders are designed to protect victims of domestic violence from further harm. Protective orders can be issued on an emergency, temporary or permanent basis.
- Emergency protective orders can be issued in cases of imminent domestic violence, child endangerment, child abduction, stalking or elder or dependent adult abuse. The process of obtaining emergency protective orders is subject to special rules and may only be issued at the request of a law enforcement officer.
- A temporary restraining order issued by a court may require the alleged offender to stay away from the alleged victim and other requested persons for a short period of time. You must present sufficient evidence for a temporary restraining order to be granted. The court will then hold a hearing at a later date to determine whether a permanent restraining order should be issued.
- Permanent restraining orders are issued after a hearing in which both the victim and the alleged offender have had the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses. After hearing all the evidence, the court will determine whether a permanent restraining order is warranted and for how long the restraining order should remain in place, typically up to 5 years.
If you are considering filing a request for a restraining order, our knowledgeable lawyers can help you through the process and ensure that your request is well-supported. If you are defending against a restraining order, our attorneys will help you present the best evidence in your defense. No matter your situation, we will help you understand the different types of restraining orders and assist you in navigating your unique circumstances.