Restraining Orders

Restraining Orders

Restraining orders are designed to help protect people in domestic situations in which someone close to them became become violent or unsafe.   Restraining orders, in their simplest forms, are court orders stating that the Respondent may not contact the Petitioner.  Once granted, a restraining order will automatically last for one (1) year from the date the judge signs the order unless it is dismissed by written court order.  They are legally binding documents that have serious ramifications.

Obtaining a Restraining Order

If a person is truly in danger, then a restraining order can help to save that person’s life and so the process is taken very seriously.  In order to obtain a restraining order, the Petitioner must go to the courthouse in person to apply and the process can be complicated and can vary by county.  There are generally strict timelines by which the applications must be submitted.  If the petition is filled out properly then often the judge will sign it without needing to hold an official hearing.  We have experience filing and securing restraining orders, often in the same day, in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas, call today if you would like help in applying for a restraining order.

Fighting a Restraining Order

When a Respondent is served with the restraining order, included in the paperwork will be instructions for fighting (contesting) the order. Receiving a restraining order is a serious matter.  Often the order restrains the Respondent from coming within a certain area of the Petitioner (such as 150 feet) or from going to the Petitioner’s residence.  Sometimes they effect custody of any children and many restraining orders also prevent the Respondent from possessing firearms.

If you wish to contest a restraining order, paperwork must be filed with the court within 30 days of being served.  We would be happy to put our experience to work for you to help you contest a restraining order.