A restraining order is a court order intended to protect you from further harm from someone who has hurt you; to keep the abuser away from you, or to stop harassing you, or keep the abuser from the scene of the violence, which may include your home, place of work, or apartment. It is a civil order and it does not give the abuser a criminal record.
If you want to prevent someone from harassing you, you should call our office immediately. We will quickly prepare the necessary Restraining Order paperwork and have the other party served. Most of the time, we are abe to get a temporary order in place, so that the other party is prevented from contacting you prior to the hearing date, which occurs about three weeks later.
If you are being harassed, the best thing to do is call 911. Most of the time when our attorneys are in court, the best evidence is a police report or a photograph of any violent acts. Without these, often times a hearing comes down to a “he said”, “she said” battle. However, if the police are called and the other party is arrested, or taken to jail, this could significantly help your case.