An order of protection is a specific type of protective order issued by Arizona courts. More commonly called a “restraining order”, orders of protection are:
- Filed by someone in a relationship with you, such as a spouse or family member
- Stops you from contacting them by any means
- Often includes orders to stay away from their homes and offices.
Information regarding an order if protection in Arizona is can be found here: A.R.S. 13-3602.
Unfair Restraining Orders
Unfortunately, orders of protection can be issued without serious consideration to the matter. The civil courts do not hear your side of the story until after the order has been issued. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for spouses or exes to use restraining orders as a way to make themselves look better in the eyes of the court when it comes to divorce or custody hearings.
Orders of protection can be a serious problem for you if they keep you from seeing your children, entering your own home or more. They will also show up on a background check, which could lead to a bias against you and negatively affect attempts to find an apartment or a job.
Orders of protection last for a year, but there is a possibility to have them dismissed or modified.
Because the court has essentially already sided with the person who has filed the order and would rather err on their side than yours, working to get the order lifted is difficult. However, it isn’t impossible.
While working to remove an order of protection, it’s important that you don’t do anything to hinder your efforts. This means that you must obey the order until it has been lifted and keep yourself out of any further legal trouble.
If You’ve Been Issued An Order Of Protection
Your best defense against an unfair order of protection is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Phoenix. That’s where we come in. At Tyler Allen Law Firm, we will listen to you and be honest with you about where your case stands. You’re already in a difficult position and don’t need to deal with lawyers who aren’t interested in helping you clear your name. Contact us today for a consultation and we can get started on removing or dismissing your order of protection today!