Order of Protection

ORDER OF PROTECTION

judge-holding-paper-with-gavelA court order to limit the behaviors of someone who harms or threatens to harm is an order of protection. When applying to the court for an order of protection, the defendant named on the order has to either have committed or is about to commit an endangering, threatening, or intimidating act:

 

  • threat
  • intimidation
  • endangerment
  • assault causing bodily harm
  • assault including  a dangerous weapon
  • kidnapping or unlawful imprisonment
  • interference with judicial proceedings
  • abuse of a child or or vulnerable adult
  • phone contact that offends, annoys, harasses, threatens, intimidates, or terrifies

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

An order of protection most commonly requested pertains to domestic violence issues. In Arizona, it is a civil order from the court.  It instructs another person not to threaten or hurt you, enter your residence, and sometimes to seek counseling.

INJUNCTION

Injunction Against Harassment is an order that provides a bit broader protection than a domestic violence protection order.  This type of order requires the abuser not to have contact with you at home, by phone, at work, or wherever you ask the court to put in the order. The judge has power under Arizona law to order anything that will help protect you.   You must agree to the order.

VIOLATING THE ORDER OF PROTECTION

You can call the police if a person is in violation of the order of protection.  They may be charged or arrested with violating the order.

Whether you need help getting an order of protection, or you need legal representation after violating an order of protection, our law firm can help.  Our attorneys have experience with order of protection and the Arizona Domestic Violence Law.  Call for a FREE CONSULTATION with an attorney.