What is a Temporary Protective Order?Under no circumstances does any individual deserve to be stalked or abused, whether physically or mentally, by someone in their own household. A Temporary Protective Order (“TPO”) can protect you and your loved ones from stalking and family violence. Under the law, a victim can obtain a written order, known as a TPO, from the Court which may require the abuser to cease their actions, and/or to cease direct and indirect contact with you and your family. If the TPO is violated, the abuser can face serious consequences such as being arrested, and possibly jail time and/or fines or penalties. A TPO usually lasts anywhere from one to three years; however, it is possible to acquire a permanent one under certain situations and circumstances.
What can I get a Temporary Protective Order for?Temporary Protective Orders may be issued for “Stalking” or “Family Violence”
Stalking occurs when an individual follows, places under surveillance, or contacts another, without consent, and for the purpose of harassment or intimidation.
Family Violence includes any acts considered as a felony, battery, assault, stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, or criminal trespass that occurs between past or present spouses, parents of the same child, a parent and child, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other persons living or formerly living in the same household.