Protective Order/ Restraining Order

Connecticut Protective Order Lawyers

How do you get a restraining order? What happens if you violate one? Many don’t know the answers to these important questions.  Kocian Law Group can help.

What is a Restraining Order?

A restraining order is a court order that commands someone to stop doing a specific action.

A restraining order can be used to prevent:

  • physical abuse
  • phone calls to a specific person or entity
  • sexual abuse
  • stalking
  • the release of financial or other sensitive information
  • written contact with a specific person or entity

If you violate a restraining order, you could face fines and/or jail time.

How Restraining Orders Are Put in Place

 Normally, a restraining order requires a hearing to be instated. However, in cases where one party feels physically threatened, a temporary restraining order may be granted without a hearing, forcing the defendant limited by the order to obey its rules before he or she has the chance to discuss the issue in court.

The rapid instatement of a temporary restraining order may seem unfair to a defendant; however, there is a logical reason for it.  A temporary restraining order responds immediately to the risk of danger and deals with the arguments for or against the order after the fact.  While it does impose a burden on one who has to obey it, it does not eliminate the right to a hearing.

A protective order is similar to a restraining order, except it is more detailed. It may deal with what should happen to children, pets, and property that the defendant and plaintiff hold in common.

At every step in the criminal justice system, you have rights and you have options. Contact the Kocian Law Group to learn what we can do to protect your rights, prevent or minimize incarceration, and tilt the scales of justice in your favor.