Often protective orders, also known as restraining orders, are issued for adults or children that are victims of domestic violence or abuse. However, this is not a requirement, and you may also be able to file a protective order if someone is harassing or stalking you. These are just some of the circumstances where a protective order may be beneficial to you and your family.
At the Worden Law Firm, we understand the sensitivity of this subject and offer years of experience helping clients with their protective order needs. Here are some of the most common questions we have received from some of our former clients:
How Do I Get A Protection Order?
In the state of Oklahoma, police officers can issue a temporary protective order for victims of domestic violence if the courthouse is not open (an emergency temporary order.) Once the courthouse is open, the person can petition the court for a protective order (ex parte or permanent). This can be done with or without the aid of an attorney, but the likelihood of the order being served is greater with legal assistance.
Do I Need An Attorney For A Protective Order?
If you are filing a protective order, you can do so without an attorney. However, a lawyer with protective order experience will ensure that you file correctly. Having an attorney assist you will increase your odds of obtaining an order against your abuser. The attorney can help you demonstrate that the abuser poses a threat and can assist you if the person being served is challenging the protective order.
If you have wrongfully been served with a protective order, then having a protective order lawyer assist you will greatly increase your chances of having the order expunged or lifted.
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What Happens When Someone Violates A Protective Order?
Sometimes people that have been served with a VPO, or Victim Protective Order, immediately contact the victim to explain their side of the story or try to have them remove the order. However, this contact is often in direct violation of the protective order. Violating the protective order can result in criminal charge.
If you have been served with a protective order, the best thing to do is contact a protection order attorney to discuss the terms of the order. If you have been wrongfully served with a protective order, then your attorney will work with you to protect your rights and try to have the order lifted.
Can A Protective Order Be Expunged In The State Of Oklahoma?
Like a felony or a misdemeanor, a protective order can remain on your record and potentially hurt your reputation. In the state of Oklahoma, it is possible to have a protective order expunged from your permanent record. Contacting an attorney experienced with protective orders is your best bet for successfully removing a protective order from your record.
Contact Worden Law Firm To Discuss Your Protective Order Needs
At Worden Law Firm, we understand the complex nature of protective orders and always work with our clients to best meet their needs. Whether you are seeking to file a protective order or have one lifted, we take protective orders seriously and work hard to represent our clients for the safety of everyone involved. If you are in need of legal services for protective orders, then contact our law office today for a consultation.