Protection orders are quasi-criminal cases because it is a civil matter dealt with in criminal court. It is important to understand the differences between the different types of protection orders and the rights of both parties involved.
There are temporary protection orders which prohibit the individual it is placed on from harassing or making contact with the individual. These temporary protection orders can result from a domestic violence case, where a mandatory temporary protection order is issued. This can only be modified by the victim in the case. It can also be ordered by the court when one party is seeking a permanent protection order.
Permanent protection orders never expire. They contain conditions set by the court that must be followed, such as staying a certain distance away from the protected party. Before a mandatory protection order can be placed on an individual, the court must hold a hearing and the parties involved must argue why the temporary protection order should or should not be made permanent. Once a protection order is made permanent, it can only be challenged four years after it is issued by the court.
Mr. Louth helps individuals protect themselves by petitioning the court to issue a permanent protection order. He also helps those who wish to contest a protection order being placed against them.
When an individual does not comply with the conditions of a protection order, a protection order violation occurs. This is a serious charge that can result in mandatory jail time.
Mr. Louth has extensive experience handling all aspects of protection orders and can listen to your situation and help you proceed in the best manner. Contact the Law Offices of Seven Louth for a free consultation.