Disagreements among couples are not uncommon. However, when those disagreements turn violent, the court may issue an order of protection against the aggressive party. Basically, this is a legal directive that prevents one party from contacting or approaching the other.
Whether you believe the order of protection is justified or not, it is important that you respect it. Taking time to understand your rights and limitations in light of the order of protection can help you avoid costly mistakes that can land you in further trouble with the law.
What to do when you learn about an impending order of protection
Order of protection hearings are usually conducted very quickly. As such, it is in your best interests that you get representation as soon as you learn about the other party’s intent to obtain the order.
With your legal counsel, be sure to explore your defense options. This may involve gathering evidence to refute your accuser’s claim of violence. Some of the evidence you may need to build your defense includes phone conversations, photos and video clips, surveillance footage, GPS records and email conversations as well as any other evidence related to your relationship with your accuser.
What not to do when there is an order of protection against you
Discussing the matter on social media – While it is understandable that you might be disappointed and angry when your partner files an order of protection against you, it is important that you do not let your emotions get the better of you. Like with any legal matter, discussing the order of protection on social media, or with anyone other than your legal counsel is never a great idea.
Violating the order – Whether your accuser has sinister intent or not, do not violate a court-sanctioned order of protection. Any attempt to undermine the order can be very damaging to your case.
Even when there is an active order of protection against you, you still have rights. And knowing your legal options can help you safeguard these rights.