Restraining orders, also known as protective orders, are court-mandated orders issued by judges to prevent a person from doing certain activities. Most commonly, judges issue these orders to prohibit an abuser from contacting or harming someone. What does a restraining order entail? Continue reading to learn more. 

Understanding a Restraining Order

A restraining order is a court order intended to protect you from someone who has harmed you or has threatened to hurt you. Once it’s issued, the person who poses a threat must stop harassing you, stay away from you, and can’t show up to your home or place of work. They are categorized as a civil order, and they don’t show up on someone’s criminal record. 

If you’re a victim of abuse, for example, a judge can sign an order of protection that requires the abuser to obey court orders. These orders are specific, and outline what an abuser can and can’t do, such as the following:

Restraining Order Violations

If the abuser violates any portion of the restraining order, contact the police immediately. For instance, if the abuser attempts to contact you or shows up at your house, they have violated the contract. Violations of a court mandated contract are a crime known as contempt of a court order, and a police officer will sign a criminal complaint regarding the abuser. 

Contact The Ault Firm

Victims of domestic violence often feel lonely, as if they have no place to turn to for assistance, but you’re not alone. If you need to file a restraining order, you should work with a

 attorney who will defend you in court. Contact The Ault Firm today.