Columbus, OH Civil Protection Order Lawyer
At Freeman & Lund, both Wes and Chelsea have represented clients in Civil Protection Order cases. These cases and hearings can be factually complex and emotionally charged, so it is a good idea to hire an attorney to represent your interests. Below is some basic information about Civil Protection Orders.
Types of Protection Orders
- Domestic Violence Temporary Protection Order
- Criminal Protection Order
- Civil Protection Order
- Civil Stalking or Sexually Oriented Offense Stalking Order
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Parties to a Protection Order
At Freeman and Lund, we have successfully represented both the party filing the motion (petitioner) and the party that was filed against (respondent). A CPO is crucial to a petitioner because it can provide additional safety by giving legal protections if the respondent violates the order. They can face up to 180 days in jail for the first violation.
For the respondent, the granting of a CPO not only exposes that person to the potential jail-time, but can result in firearms disqualification, zones of exclusion, and many other negative consequences. Therefore, it is very helpful to hire an attorney to represent your interests regardless of what side of the petition you are on.
A Civil Protection Order begins when a petitioner has filled out an application for a protection order and filed it with the court. Sometimes it can be difficult to know which form to fill out and where to file the form, as both differ based on the circumstances. At Freeman & Lund, we can help you figure out which form is best, where to file, and how to fill out the application.
Once the proper paperwork is filed, the court will decide whether or not to grant an ex-parte order. At the ex-parte hearing, the petitioner will be able to state why he or she wants the order to be granted without the respondent being present. The presiding magistrate will make a decision and either grant or deny the ex-parte order. A full hearing will then be scheduled within 10 days of the ex-parte hearing.
At a full hearing, both parties can introduce evidence, call witnesses, and testify in front of the Judge or Magistrate. After all testimony and evidence, the Judge or Magistrate will grant an order or dismiss the case.
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