What should you know about temporary protective orders?
If someone close to you has accused you of domestic violence, it is possible for them to serve you a temporary protective order, also called a restraining order.
This order stays in place until a hearing which will determine the validity of the claim. It is important to understand as much about these orders as possible to get the best outcome from this hearing.
What are the restraints of these orders?
The California Courts discuss the outline of temporary protective orders. First, orders will always lay out the terms that you need to follow. This includes keeping away from the alleged victim’s homes, avoiding contact in all forms, and staying away from their place of work. It also includes the court date for the hearing, which will determine the necessity of a permanent order.
What to expect at the hearing
It is best to prepare for attendance at this hearing as best as you can. You must state your case at the hearing and argue against any claims of abuse against you. Bring witnesses or evidence if you have any available. Of course, the judge will also hear from whoever brought the order against you, as well.
Permanent protective orders
If a judge believes the permanent order is necessary, then they will hand one down which will last a period of one to five years depending on the accusations.
When a permanent order gets issued, it will typically address residence exclusion orders, stay-away orders and personal conduct orders. This order may have a severe impact on a person’s life, so it is necessary to prepare to counter it.