Protective Order Information

Protective orders order the abuser from further acts of violence and can grant the petitioner (the abused party) with possession of the premises occupied by the parties.

Three Types of Protective Orders

  • Emergency Protective Order may be given at the time of the offense and remains in effect 72 hours.
  • Preliminary Protective Order: Granted by the court at the request of the petitioner in absence of abuser if he/she does not appear for the hearing. May grant the petitioner exclusive possession of the car owned by the parties. Remains in effect for 15 days.
  • Protective Order: A hearing is held with all parties present and presenting evidence. Remains in effect for one year and may be extended for one more year.