What are the consequences of having a restraining order?
While a restraining order may not seem as serious as jail time it can have significant long-term consequences including the loss of gun rights, loss of employment opportunities, and limitations on the ability to travel freely.
Is a restraining order a civil or criminal matter?
A restraining order filed in a lawsuit is not enforceable by the police. It is a civil matter and must be enforced through civil proceedings. At times, the police may come out when called upon a violation of a restraining order, but they are not in a position to force the parties to obey the order or to arrest anyone.
What can you do when someone is harassing you?
Start by telling the person that you don’t like the behavior and asking them to stop. If the harassment doesn’t let up, take measures such as involving the police and increasing your security. In some circumstances, you might need to file for a restraining order to keep your harasser away.
What is a Level 1 protective order?
The protective order may prohibit any contact or may be a “Level One” protective order that allows peaceful contact between the parties. The defendant would be required to relinquish any firearms within his or her possession and would be prohibited from owning or possessing firearms while the order is effective.