If you are in a bad situation there is help for you in the form of protection orders. The purpose of a protection order is to keep your property and your legal rights safe before something happens. Knowing the types of protection orders that are available to you, how they work, and how court issues and enforces them will help you decide which type of order you should file for.
Types of Protection Orders
- Emergency Protective Orders – This type of order goes into effect immediately, and is often used when police respond to domestic violence calls. A police officer may call a judge at any time and ask for one if it’s needed to prevent imminent harm to you or a family member. The order is only in effect for a short time, usually about a week. Its purpose is to provide protection and give you time to file for a restraining order.
- Temporary Restraining Orders – A temporary restraining order is another form of short term protection. It is usually in effect for less than a month. Usually, it’s issued when you apply for a restraining order. Its purpose is to give you protection until a hearing can be held and a restraining order can be issued.
- Permanent Restraining Orders – A permanent restraining order can be issued once a hearing is held. Depending on the laws in your state, it may be effective for months or even years. Also, it can be renewed or extended if the circumstances, such as danger of abuse or harassment, haven’t changed when the order expires.
The purpose of these orders is to protect you and your family from danger. Do not hesitate to use them. If you have any further questions about these protective orders, would like to file for one, or have need of legal advice or representation please contact Robert R. Robles.