Is it difficult to get an Order of Protection?
Unfortunately, no. The person seeking the order of protection must simply prove by a preponderance of the evidence the person against whom they are seeking an order of protection or restraining order poses an immediate threat.
If I don’t have contact with the person, why should I care about the order?
If you don’t have contact with that person, they are clearly out to get you which should give you more cause for concern. In addition to the possible punishment set forth below, the order of protection or restraining order also takes away certain rights while the order is in effect – such as the right to possess a firearm.
How serious is a Violation of an Order of Protection or Restraining Order?
If convicted, it is a Class A Misdemeanor (punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail) along with mandatory consecutive jail time with any other offenses related to the violation.
If you are notified someone has sought an order of protection or restraining order against you, or you have been charged with a violation of the order, you should immediately contact a criminal lawyer.