Protective orders are not considered a criminal matter but they can have severe repercussions. Generally, these instruments are utilized for the purposes of protecting someone who is in danger of being subjected to violence. For instance, these orders are commonly used where allegations of domestic abuse have been made.
However, just because a protective order has been lodged doesn’t mean it is justified. These orders can have serious impacts on your life if you are on the receiving end and you have a right to defend yourself.
Why might you be subjected to a protective order and what are your options in terms of coming up with a defense strategy?
Short-term orders, commonly referred to as Emergency Protective Orders, are usually put in place as a temporary measure. For instance, if allegations of a domestic incident have been made, the person subjected to the order may be asked to leave the vicinity of the home for a period of up to 72 hours.
An emergency order is not always sufficient under the circumstances. In some cases, a Preliminary Protective Order may be granted while the courts assess the situation in more detail. Usually, such orders last for a period of approximately two weeks.
Permanent Protective Orders are more serious. As the name suggests, this type of legal instrument lasts for a much longer period, often two years with the possibility of further extensions after that. During this time, you may be unable to contact your family or be in close proximity to them.
Don’t let yourself be stuck with a protective order without a fight. Having the appropriate legal guidance behind you will give you the best possible defense against allegations.