What happens once the protective order is granted?

After the protective order is granted, the person you are complaining against will be ordered not to:

  • Commit any further acts of violence against you
  • Communicate directly with you in a threatening or harassing manner
  • Go within a specified distance of your home or place of employment
  • Possess a firearm
  • Remove or harm pets or companion animals

The local police department or sheriff's office will be sent a copy of the order. If the person complained against commits any of the prohibited acts, criminal charges can be filed if there is sufficient proof of a violation. The maximum punishment that a violator can, but not necessarily, receive is 1 year in jail and/or a $4,000 fine or a combination of the two.

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1. What is a protective order?
2. How long will it take to get a protective order?
3. What do I have to show?
4. What if I am going through a divorce?
5. What happens when I go to court?
6. What happens once the protective order is granted?
7. I am ready to begin the process, what is the first step?