Protective Orders are civil remedies with criminal consequences.
A person can apply for a protective order against another claiming family violence or threats of family violence in the past and a protective order is now necessary for their safety.
A protective order is similar to a restraining order of protection but with far greater consequences. When a protective order is granted by the court, local police agencies are notified, and a person is now subject to being arrested upon the mere accusation of a violation of that order. Furthermore, if you possess firearms, you are now in violation of both federal and state law.
If not properly defended, these claims are frequently “rubber stamped.” People often have Protective Orders issued against them simply because they did not realize the importance of fighting the accusations.
Protective Orders are often granted without the person named in the protective order ever appearing in court. Protective Orders are often used in divorce cases or custody cases to obtain an advantage.
People usually do not understand the consequences of having a protective order granted and, therefore, mistakenly agree to the order. Once a protective order is granted and filed with local police agencies, the underlying circumstances for which the protective order was granted are of almost no consequence. You are now viewed as a potential threat and lack credibility. If you have been served with a suit for an order of protection against you, please call my criminal defense law office immediately to discuss all options.
Call Fort Worth protective orders attorney Stephen Handy today at (817) 589-2134. He offers one-on-one, vigorous representation for protective orders in Tarrant County and all surrounding areas.