Temporary Protective Orders are interchangeable with Temporary Restraining Orders. Cases involving these orders often arise in situations of divorce that are highly charged. There are also situations where former friends or acquaintances apply for Protective Orders. These Orders typically expire after 12 months, but can be made permanent in certain extreme circumstances.
While one party can obtain an initial Temporary Protective or Restraining Order ex-parte (without the other party’s input), for the Court to make the Order into a permanent Order or a 12-month Order, the other party must have notice and will be given the opportunity by the Court to refute the allegations of the person applying for the Order. Once the 12-month Order is entered, it is difficult to be set aside or changed.
If you are in need of a Temporary Protective or Restraining Order, it is important that you consult with an attorney to ensure that you provide the Court with the necessary information to better your chances of getting a Protective Order put into place. If you have been informed that a Protective Order has been granted against you, in is essential that you seek legal advice immediately. Protective Orders often show up on background searches and may affect your ability to get certain employment.
The attorneys at The Edwards Law Group have the experience and knowledge to help you obtain an Order for your protection, as well as to help you defend against an Order being entered against you. Violation of a Temporary Protective or Restraining Order becomes a criminal offense and can be punishable by incarceration. Please contact us so we can help you get the best result in cases such as these.