There are any number of reasons why you would feel obligated to obtain a restraining order. In most cases, someone has been threatened by an ex, has been a victim of domestic violence, or are being harassed or stalked.
Fortunately, restraining orders can be a useful tool to putting a stop to behaviors that make you feel intimidated or threatened. Read on to learn more about how to obtain a restraining order and how protective orders are different from restraining orders.
Obtaining a Restraining Order
If you are interested in getting a restraining order, you’ll need to file a restraining order petition in court. From there, you will be granted a hearing where you’ll describe to the judge your reasons for seeking the restraining order and present the evidence you have of any threats or intimidation. The judge will then determine whether your request will be granted.
The Difference between a Restraining Order and a Protective Order
Contrary to popular belief, restraining orders and protective orders are quite different, despite the fact that they are similar in several ways. A restraining order can require the person harassing you to keep a certain distance away from you and limit the ways they can contact you.
However, restraining orders can also require both parties to behave a certain way when they need to be in the same vicinity, or even put a freeze on joint checking accounts.
Conversely, an order of protection is different in that it is designed to prevent the harasser from having any contact with you in any way, whether in person, through social media, phone, or email. Protective orders are also typically issued for a period of two years and can often extend to your family members and your home, if necessary.
Get Help from a Terre Haute Restraining Order Lawyer
If you are being threatened, intimidated, harassed or otherwise have reason to believe you could be in danger, contact a qualified Terre Haute restraining order attorney from Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm for assistance in filing your petition. You can schedule your free case evaluation by giving our office a call at 1-812-232-7400 or by filling out the online contact form below.