Restraining Order Lawyers

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What is a Restraining Order?

A restraining order, also known as an order of protection, is a Court order against an individual, which requires them to do or to desist or abstain from doing certain acts. Restraining orders can last from several days to several years. Restraining orders typically include criminal penalties if the restrained individual violates the Court order. Restraining orders are most typical in domestic violence, stalking and abuse cases.

What Can a Court Put On A Restraining Order?

Restraining orders can consist of a variety of Court orders:

How Long Can a Restraining Order Last?

There are three common types of restraining orders:

Enforcing Restraining Orders

Restraining orders typically involve civil (non-criminal) disputes and can only be enforced through a civil proceeding. The role of the police in upholding restraining orders is merely supervisory, and the degree of willingness that a particular police department may exhibit toward the enforcement of restraining orders varies widely. Thus, the most effective way to enforce a restraining order is to file a request with the Court to find the other party in contempt or violation of the restraining order.  

Additional Information about Restraining Orders

The following are important points concerning restraining orders:

Do I Need an Attorney to Get or Contest a Restraining Order?

Given the sensitive and serious nature of restraining orders, it is probably wise to consult with a family attorney. Speaking with the proper lawyer will inform you of your rights as well as preserve any possible remedies you may have.

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Last Modified: 05-02-2014 07:46 AM PDT

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