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What is a Permanent Protection Order?

A protection order (commonly known as a restraining order) is a court order that protects an individual from another person’s threats or other actions. A protective order can prohibit any contact between the restrained person and the protected individuals, including:

  • Contacting
  • Harassing
  • Injuring
  • Intimidating
  • Molesting
  • Threatening
  • Touching
  • Stalking
  • Sexual assault
  • Abuse
  • Entering or remaining on premises
  • Coming within a specified distance of a protected person or premises
  • Taking, harming, or threatening harm to an animal
  • Phone calls
  • Emails
  • Text messages
  • Social media contacts

Typically, the first step to acquiring a permanent protection order is to get a temporary protection order (TRO). Before the court can grant a permanent protection order, the restrained person must be served with notice of the hearing and have the opportunity to respond. If the restricted party responds, the court will review the court record and evidence and determine whether a permanent protection order is warranted. If the restricted party does not respond after proper service, the court can issue a permanent order.

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