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Understanding a protective order

If you have recently had a protective or restraining order placed against you in Connecticut, you may be confused about what rights you have and what actions could be punishable by the law. We at The Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso can help you understand the charges that are being placed against you and can ensure that you are fairly treated in a legal case.


According to the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, a family violence protective order is generally in effect form the date issued until the case is sentenced or disposed of. Standing criminal restraining orders, on the other hand, are often given during more serious criminal cases and may be included in your sentencing. This type of protective order is considered a lifetime order.


A restraining order after a hearing is generally effective for six months following the hearing, but can be extended once that time is up. If you are issued this type of protective order and the expiration date is pushed out, you will receive notice of the change. This order is not usually issued from a family court.


An ex parte restraining order is effective for a short amount of time, generally 14 days, but may last until the date of the hearing. It is issued out of the family court after someone submits an application requesting its placement. It is considered a temporary order until the court decides more permanent actions during the hearing. For more information about protective or restraining orders and how they may affect your case, please visit our web page.

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