Protective orders can be exactly what you need to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. When you’re in danger due to your former or current spouse’s actions, threats or the threat of harm to others, you have the right to reach out to the police and your attorney for help.
A protective order normally starts out as a temporary protective order, which remains just long enough for you to have a court hearing. At that time, it can be extended or dropped.
For example, you might ask for a protective order if you were involved in a heated argument and your spouse struck you. After tensions dissipate and you have a hearing, the order might not be necessary, since you’ve both managed to move apart from one another. On the other hand, if your life was threatened and your ex-spouse or spouse threatened to keep coming after you or attempting to harm you, the judge may decide to make the order permanent.
Why does a protective order help?
A protective order makes it illegal for the other person to be near you or to take whatever actions are listed in the order. An example might be an order that requires them to stay at least 500 feet away at all times. If they approach you, it’s a violation of the order, which can result in their arrest and further penalties.
Protective orders are also a good start if you want to make sure your family members are safe. They can be used to protect you, your children or others who were threatened by the other party.
If you fear for your life or have been harmed, a protective order is a good idea. Call 911 for assistance if you are in danger, and speak with the police and your attorney about a protective order.