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The importance of obeying a protective order

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2023 | CRIMINAL LAW - Criminal Defense, CRIMINAL LAW - Domestic Violence

If you have received an emergency protective order for domestic violence, you may be wondering what you need to do. The first thing is to read the orders the judge checked and ensure to follow them completely.

The next is to look at the date for the hearing, as this is when you have the opportunity to defend your case. If you do not follow the orders of the protective order, there are consequences.

Types of orders

According to FindLaw, the two main types of orders are temporary, also known as emergency, and general, or final. A judge approves an emergency order when there is immediate danger to the petitioner. This order lasts up to 14 days, and there is a hearing during this time to determine if a judge will approve a final order. A final order can last up to three years.

What to expect at the hearing

Both you and the petitioner will have the chance to present evidence, such as communications or witnesses, to state your case. Come prepared with as much detailed information as possible. After hearing both sides, the judge will grant or deny a final order request.

Penalties for violating the order

While in possession of either an emergency or final order, you must follow the judge’s orders. According to the Tulsa County District Court, these may include:

  • Avoiding contact or any interference with the petitioner
  • Suspending child visitation
  • Moving out of shared residence
  • Giving up possession of firearms

The penalties for violating any aspect of the order may result in jail time of up to a year, fines of up to $1,000 or both. A violation that results in injury has a consequence of fines of up to $5,000, jail time of between 20 days and one year or both.