Consequences of an Order of Protection against You


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If an order of protection is taken out by someone, the target must adhere to the rules of the order or face possible charges in court and severe consequences from any adverse actions or reactions to the order. It is important to know what this is, how to behave and how to proceed with the situation peacefully.

An order of protection taken out on a person generally causes his or her life to change in regard to a single person who took the order out. He or she has a limitation in how he or she may act and talk. No violent behavior, even if in passion, may occur when around the protected person or anyone he or she will have direct contact with during the order of protectionís active status. Once the order no longer exists, expires or someone expunges the order through a court order, the affected person is free to act and speak as he or she wishes provided no violations of laws happen.

Order of Protection Explained

The order may change in detail depending on the state the person takes it out. However, the general circumstances of an order are necessary when a person faces harassment, violent behavior, domestic violence, abuse or someone that either stalks or terrorizes him or her. The order, taken out through the court system, will prevent the person from violent or nonpeaceful interaction for the duration of the order life. Protections may vary as well as the active lifespan of the order, but it usually ensures that the protected person has little or no interaction with the target unless in an entirely peaceful or serene manner.

The Impact of the Order

A single order of protection may last up to two years. The protected individuals include the person that took out the order, his or her extended family, children, grandchildren and any close friends. Sometimes, the order may require a distance of so many feet or meters. The affected person may not have any ability to send messages to friends or loved ones. This involves phone calls, letters in the mail, text or chat messages and email. However, these circumstances may change depending on the specific orders in the restrictions. Some states have fewer or greater limitations, and the affected will need to honor these.

Other Impact of the Order

If the victim of the order lives at the home of the affected person, he or she may require the other to leave. This means the person with the order on him or her may need to reside elsewhere from the victim. Seeing children or grandchildren may desist until the order is over. The person with the order on him or her usually has no opportunity or ability to own a weapon such as a firearm and may not fish or hunt depending on the order details. Housing and employment may become difficult to acquire with the order, and noncitizens may see green cards or visa status revoked.

Fighting against the Order of Protection

Because the order may affect personal relationships, the ability to maintain or acquire housing or employment and standing in the community, the individual may need to fight against the order. Even if he or she is not present at the time the order started through a judge with the victim, the affected individual may need to hire a lawyer and attempt to expunge it from his or her record. The evidence of domestic violence or abuse could lack strength, and the victim of the order may demonstrate to a judge that he or she has no involvement in attacking or harming the protected person in any way. It is important to remain calm and peaceful during these processes.

The next step after hiring a lawyer is to refute the evidence of the alleged victim. The affected person from the order will need to gather proof of his or her innocence. This may include witnesses to an alibi for the instances of attack, character witnesses to explain that the person is not violent or that the attack was in self-defense from the purported victim.

Legal Support against an Order of Protection

After hiring a lawyer, the individual may need to explain the situation that led to the order of protection. He or she may also need to detail how it affects his or her life negatively. The specific incident could have reasons that may refute the order and lead to its downfall.

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.

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