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What should you know about domestic violence protection orders?

If you have been involved in a domestic violence incident in Connecticut, you may find yourself with a restraining order against you. Aimed at protecting alleged victims from threats or abuse, protective orders may significantly affect your life. Therefore, it is important for you to understand the types of domestic violence protective orders that may be issued in the state.

According to the Connecticut Judicial Branch, the court may issue restraining orders, protective orders or standing criminal protective orders. Restraining orders may be requested by family or household members who allege domestic violence, and they can be issued whether you have been arrested for family violence or not. At the court’s discretion, such orders may remain in effect for up to one year and may specify that you cannot harass, threaten, assault, restrain or otherwise attack the protected party. Additionally, the order may specify that you cannot go into the protected party’s home or a residence that you share.

If you have been charged with family violence, the court may see fit to issue a protective order. Such orders may have the same effects as restraining orders; however, they remain in place until your case has been disposed of or they are modified by the court.

A standing criminal protective order may be issued against you if you are convicted of family violence and the court deems it necessary. Also stipulating that you cannot harass, threaten, restrain, assault or otherwise attack the protected party, the court determines the duration of standing criminal protective orders.

This post contains information that should be considered only for general purposes and should not be taken as legal advice.

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