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When You Need A Protective Order

If you feel threatened in your relationship, for yourself or your children, you should seek an order of protection. At Hanratty Law Group, we have years of helping victims of domestic violence and abuse take the legal steps they need to be safe. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Types Of Protective Orders

There are two types of protective orders: a temporary protective order (TPO) or an extended order. Typically a judge will issue a temporary protective order before an extended protective order. You can apply for a TPO the moment you feel you or your children are in danger.

It is important to note that TPOs do not have to be filed against a spouse. If you are threatened by a live-in partner or even a roommate, a TPO is available. A TPO is not gender-specific, anyone of any gender or identity can file a TPO.

What Happens After I File?

Since TPOs are filed and executed very quickly, the protection they offer is almost immediate. Your accuser may or may not be brought in to court. The TPO will last anywhere from a week to 30 days.

Why File A TPO?

We all have fights or disagreements with those close to us. But when a disagreement turns volatile or when a partner or spouse becomes violent or threatening, then a TPO is necessary to prevent harm or further harm against you and your children.

A TPO is a legal document that has serious ramifications for the offender if violated. Often a TPO is the wake-up call the aggressor needs to calm down and check themselves. Sometimes it takes a TPO to stop the verbal or physical assaults so that you are able to collect yourself, leave the relationship and get divorced if necessary.

Domestic Violence Is Not Just Hitting

Domestic violence does include assault and physical harm but it also includes verbal harassment and threatening behavior to you, a child or a pet.

A TPO will prevent the abuser from entering your place of residence, your school, place of work, or common places you go or visit. Depending on your specific situation, the court can and will add more requirements to the order if needed.

Hanratty Law Group Will Support You

Filing a TPO can be nerve-wracking. You may feel alone and afraid of what happens next. Get the legal guidance and support you need to take this important step. Call 702-570-9287 or email the firm to get started today.