Orders for protection or harassment restraining orders in Minnesota are orders sought to prevent stalking, harassment or domestic violence.
Domestic Abuse Orders for Protection in Minnesota are issued by a Court when allegations of physical abuse in a domestic relationship can be shown. If an Order for Protection is issued, many times it will not allow the person who the order has been issued against to have contact with the alleged victim.
If an Order for Protection is violated it can be charged as a criminal offense. Violations of Orders for Protection are enhancible offenses and are Qualified Domestic Violence Related Offenses. What this means is that if a person is convicted of a violation of an Order for Protection any subsequent charge of a Qualified Domestic Violence Related Offense can be charged at a higher level. If a person is charged with three Qualified Domestic Violence Related Offenses it can be a felony.
If You Need to Seek an Order to Protect Yourself or Your Child(ren):
If You Have an Order Against You:
Harassment Restraining Orders are similar to Orders for Protection but are determined on less restrictive criteria. A harassment order can be sought if there is harassment or stalking behavior absent abuse. This type of order can be brought against anyone not just someone with a domestic relationship. Again, there are expedited hearings in this type of case so seeking legal assistance is important.
If you have questions about Orders for Protection or Harassment Retraining Orders, contact Martin & Wagner, P.A., by e-mail or call 763-425-6330 to schedule a free ½ hour consultation.
Our Experienced Defense Attorney works with clients in or near Albertville, Anoka, Buffalo, Elk River, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Monticello, Rogers, and St. Michael as well as other communities within Hennepin County, Stearns County, Wright County, Sherburne County, and Anoka County.