At Strentz Greene & Coleman, PLC, we can walk you through the requirements, help you gather the necessary evidence, and assist you in filing a petition with the court.
You have the right to feel safe in your home and community. However, there are unfortunate situations where you may feel threatened or endangered due to the actions of another person.
If you are experiencing stalking, violence, or abuse, you have legal options to help protect yourself through a court-ordered protective order. A protective or restraining order is a legally binding order issued by a court that prohibits one person from contacting or harassing you.
In Virginia, you can pursue three types of protective orders: emergency, preliminary, and permanent. Understanding the differences and processes for obtaining each type of protective order is critical to exercising your rights.
You may seek an emergency protective order (EPO) through a magistrate. If law-enforcement is involved the officer may request an EPO through the magistrate on your behalf. If an EPO is granted it will remain in effect, generally 72 hours, allowing you time to file a petition with the court seeking a preliminary protective order.
Preliminary Protective Orders (PPOs):
Permanent Protective Orders (PPOs):
It's important to note that the specific details and procedures for obtaining and enforcing protective orders can vary, so it's recommended to consult the Virginia state statutes or seek legal advice for accurate and up-to-date information.
Navigating the legal process to obtain a protective order can be complicated and emotionally difficult. A protective order attorney can help guide you through the necessary steps, represent you in court, and advocate for your safety.
At Strentz Greene & Coleman, PLC, we can walk you through the requirements, help you gather the necessary evidence, and assist you in filing a petition with the court. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you stay safe.