When it comes to criminal charges, accusations of domestic violence can affect your life in numerous ways. Along with possible legal issues and damage to your reputation, you may also be the subject of a domestic violence protective order (DVPO).
For people facing accusations, you must understand how these orders work and what you can do to avoid violating them. Here are a few key points to keep in mind.
What does a DVPO do?
A DVPO imposes certain rules regarding contact between individuals. For instance, the subject of the order cannot engage with the filer in any way and may need to leave their home to ensure they follow the guidelines. They cannot go to the filer’s place of work or their child’s school. The judge can also impose additional rules based on the circumstances.
Are there different types of protective orders?
Ex parte/temporary protective orders apply in cases where the court determines the person filing faces an immediate threat. The order may go into effect on the day of filing or within 72 hours. Ex parte/temporary orders do not require your appearance, but you must be present at the final domestic violence order hearing. At the hearing, the court will offer you a chance to defend yourself against accusations.
How long do DVPOs last?
With ex parte/temporary orders, protection only lasts until the court hearing related to the final order. This usually spans from seven to ten days. With a final order, protection can last up to one year. A person can also request to extend an order for another two years.
It is crucial that you follow the rules imposed by the order to avoid serious legal trouble. Even if you believe the accusations against you lack merit, abiding by the law is the best way to protect yourself and your interests.