Order of Protection Process
After an ex parte order of protection is entered against you and you have been served, a hearing is usually held within two weeks to determine whether a full order of protection will be ordered. At the hearing, you will have an opportunity to present your side of the story. Additionally, as your St. Louis order of protection attorney, we will appear in court with you and vigorously cross-examine the complaining party. At the conclusion of the hearing, the judge will either enter a full order of protection or deny the order of protection.
What Does a Full Order of Protection Mean to Me?
If the judge enters a full order of protection, it can include several provisions. This may include temporarily enjoining the Respondent from communicating in any way with the complaining party, being at the same place as the complaining party, entering the home of the complaining party, among many other possible provisions. The judge will typically enter the full order of protection for 6 months or even a year. If you violate any of the judge’s orders, you can and will be arrested for violating the order of protection.