How an Order of Protection can Restrict Your Rights
3 years ago by Justin M. Schiks
Orders of protection typically apply in the context of assault and domestic violence cases. An individual typically files a petition for a protective order when that individual feels he or she is a victim of actual abuse or threats of abuse. Following a hearing, the court may issue an order of protection that limits the accused’s contact with the alleged victim, and in some cases, the alleged victim’s children.
Once a petition is filed, judges sometimes also issue a temporary order of protection that effectively limits the accused’s contact with the alleged victim between that time and the time of the protective order hearing. An order of protection can keep you from contacting loved ones or from living in your home, along with other serious consequences. Moreover, if you are convicted of violating a protective order that is already in place, you may be sentenced to jail time along with a monetary fine.
An experienced Woodbury, MN, order of protection lawyer at JS Defense, PA., can represent you at all of your court hearings and other legal proceedings and can help you pursue the best result possible in your case. Give us a call today at (651) 968-9652 or contact us online to learn more about how we could assist you.
The Purpose of a Protective Order
The primary purpose of a protective order is to protect individuals from abusive partners, as well as from other individuals who may try and bring them harm. An adult individual who has been the victim of abuse or threats of abuse, along with prosecutors, is able to petition the court for an ex parte or a general protective order.
Once a protective order is in place, your legal rights will be restricted for a certain period of time. The maximum period for a temporary protective order is typically one year. General protective order can also be issued by the court for a maximum of one year, although the court may opt to extend that time period. A protective order may prohibit you from doing any of the following:
- Contacting the alleged victim in-person, by phone, or via email and text messaging
- Contacting the alleged victim’s children – especially in cases where the child or children are victims of the alleged abuse
- Going to the alleged victim’s workplace or place of business
- Harassing, abusing, or threatening to abuse the alleged victim in any way at any future time
- Possessing a firearm at any point while the protective order is in effect
Contact a Woodbury, MN Order of Protection Lawyer Today
Domestic violence charges in Minnesota are serious business, and an order of protection violation can result in even more serious penalties. The legal team at JS Defense, PA., will work with you to help you decide on the best course of action for your criminal case.
For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Woodbury, MN, Order of Protection Lawyer, please call us today at (651) 968-9652 or contact us online for more information about how we could assist you.