Can an Order For Protection Expire?

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When an order for protection is filed against you, it may seem like you have no options. But what happens when that order expires? Can someone renew it? Is it for life? In this post, we'll answer those questions and help you understand your options if the order for protection filed against you has expired.

Orders for Protection

An order for protection is a court-issued document that protects an alleged victim (known as the Petitioner) from another person’s harassment or abuse. There are two types of protective orders: an emergency protective order and a permanent one. If an emergency protective order is issued against a person (known as the Respondent), they have an opportunity for a hearing to contest the order for protection. The emergency protective order will generally remain in effect until the hearing when a judge decides whether or not to issue a permanent order.

Permanent orders for protection typically last up to two years but can be extended under certain circumstances The circumstances are: (1) the Respondent has violated a prior or existing order for protection; (2) the Petitioner is reasonably in fear of physical harm from the Respondent; (3) the Respondent harassed the Petitioner; or (4) the Respondent is in jail or prison and about to be released.

Was an Order for Protection Filed Against You?

Being accused of domestic abuse is a serious accusation. If an order for protection is being filed against you, our team at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. can help you. We have a history of successfully defending the residents of Minnesota, and we aren’t afraid to take on even the most complex cases. For reliable, honest representation, give our office a call today.

Contact our team at (612) 444-5020 or visit our website to get started on a consultation request form. We are available 24/7.

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