What exactly is a civil protection order? What can you expect if one is issued against you? How much can they impact your life? These are all important questions to look into when exploring the process and implications of a civil protection order. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of what to expect from a civil protection order in Ohio. We’ll also discuss some of the key things to keep in mind if you find yourself involved in this legal process.
What is a Civil Protection Order?
A civil protection order (CPO) is a legal order issued by a judge that prohibits someone from doing certain things or from going to certain places. The purpose of a civil protection order is to protect the victim from further harm by the perpetrator. Civil protection orders are usually issued in cases of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, or harassment. In Ohio, a civil protection order can be issued against anyone over the age of 18, including a family member, spouse, or someone you are dating.
The terms of the civil protection order will vary depending on the specific situation, but may include prohibitions against contact with the victim, going to the victim’s home or workplace, or possessing a firearm. If the civil protection order is violated, the perpetrator may be arrested and charged with a crime.
Civil Protection Order Petitioner
When a civil protection order is filed, the petitioner is the individual who is requesting the order. In most cases, the petitioner is also the alleged victim of domestic violence, stalking, or harassment. The petitioner must demonstrate to the court that there is a reasonable fear of future harm in order to obtain the civil protection order. In some jurisdictions, the petitioner may also be required to show that he or she has attempted to avoid or prevent the violence by using other means, such as law enforcement intervention. If the civil protection order is granted, it will provide the petitioner with additional protections from the alleged perpetrator, including prohibitions on contact and mandatory distance requirements.
If you are considering filing for a civil protection order, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the process.
Civil Protection Order Respondent
In Ohio, the civil protection order process begins when the victim of domestic violence files a petition with the court. The respondent then has an opportunity to appear at a hearing and present their side of the story. If the court finds that the respondent poses a credible threat to the victim, they will issue a civil protection order. The order will remain in effect for a specific period of time, typically three years. Violating a civil protection order is a serious offense, and can result in jail time and/or fines.
If you have been served with a civil protection order, it is important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and options, and ensure that your interests are protected.
Contact an Experienced Ohio Attorney
If you are considering seeking a CPO against someone or have been served with a CPO, we encourage you to reach out to one of the attorneys at The Martinez Firm for help. Our attorneys have experience representing both the petitioner and the respondent in CPO cases. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation through our website or call us at 216-875-5555.