What are Domestic Violence Protection Orders?

What are Domestic Violence Protection Orders?

Domestic violence victims may need protection from the people that they caused them harm, which is why many victims request protection orders from the courts. There are three different types of domestic violence protection orders that may be issued after someone is accused of committing domestic violence.

Temporary (Ex Parte) Protection Orders

To get a permanent protection order put in place, you must schedule a court hearing. But, many victims fear that they will be hurt before the court date arrives. Temporary protection orders can be issued to protect victims as they wait for a court date to request a permanent order. The judge will only issue this type of protection order if he has reason to believe that the victim is in danger of being harmed by the defendant. The defendant does not need to be in court in order for the victim to receive this order, but the defendant must be notified of it before he is expected to comply with the terms.

Permanent Protection Orders

Eventually, both the victim and the defendant will be asked to appear in court so the judge can determine if a permanent protection order is needed. The judge will either decide to issue the permanent protection order or expand the current temporary protection order for a period of up to one year.

Emergency Protection Orders

Finally, there are also emergency protection orders. Police officers have the authority to request an emergency protection order if they feel that an adult or child is an immediate danger. This protection order usually only lasts for a few days, so victims must request a temporary protection order and a hearing for a permanent order if they would like extended protection.

Terms of the Protection Order

If you have been accused of domestic violence, one of these protection orders may be issued against you. If so, you may be ordered by the courts to stay away from the victim and refrain from making any direct or indirect contact with the victim. Defendants who share a home with the victim may be ordered to move out of the home indefinitely. Even though you may be removed from your home, the order may require that you continue to make payments for the mortgage, rent, insurance, or any other bills that you typically pay. Defendants must comply with all terms of the protection order. If any of the terms are violated, the defendant will face serious consequences.

If a protection order is filed against you, seek legal representation as soon as possible. The attorneys at Reisch Law Firm can help you fight for the modification or dismissal of a protection order. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

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