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How long does a protective order last?

Each year, many people are accused of domestic violence and the consequences of these accusations (which are sometimes false) turn lives upside down. In Stamford, and across Connecticut, some people in this position have a protective order taken out against them. If you are going through this, it is important to find answers to any questions you may have, whether you are wondering how long a protective order will last or are unsure of how the order will affect your life.

According to the Connecticut Judicial Branch, a protective order will stay in effect until a court decides to change it or until the criminal case has closed. Judges issue protective orders to protect victims in cases which involve assault, stalking, harassment and other crimes. Those who have a protective order taken out against them may be unable to visit the home of a protected person while the order is in effect.

Regrettably, an alarming number of people have been falsely accused of domestic violence and suffer tremendously as a result of false allegations. Whether they can't spend time with their children or lose their job and have a damaged reputation, accusations of domestic violence can change someone's life permanently. If you are facing domestic violence charges, it is important to familiarize yourself with all of your options and make sure that you deal with the charges appropriately.

Please remember, this piece was put together to provide helpful information on protective orders and is not to be interpreted as legal counsel.

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