Restraining Orders

What Is a Restraining Order?

Restraining Orders are made to prevent further abuse. They are made available to a party who has suffered abuse, or reasonably believes he or she may have been abused. Due to the importance of a restraining order, we recommended seeking our assistance in implementing one.

What Are The Types Of Restraining Orders?

Emergency Protective Order (EPO)

This type of order can only be asked for by law enforcement. If warranted, a police officer can seek an EPO that lasts up to 7 days. This would give any victims enough time to file for a TRO on their own.

Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)

To get an order that lasts longer than an EPO, you must ask the court for a TRO. A TRO usually last between 20 and 25 days, until a court hearing date.

Permanent Restraining Order

Temporary restraining orders can be extended into a permanent restraining order. Permanent, in this case, means up to five years from the issuing date. When your order runs out, you can always ask for an extension.

Criminal Protective Order

This type of order, is usually sought from a district attorney against a domestic abuser. This can be during a criminal trial, and be granted for up to three years after the court case is over.