Order for Protection / Harassment Restraining Order
Minnesota Lawyers to Defend You Against Restraining Orders
Although the legal name for them is an Order for Protection or Harassment Restraining Order, they’re commonly called a “restraining order.” If a restraining order is taken out against you, it can have a huge and lasting impact on your family, your life, and your career. So, if one names you, you have a right to have a hearing before a judge. This is why you need a Sieben Edmunds Miller to represent you before a final or permanent order is issued. Having an experienced attorney representing you in court can make a big difference because violating an order even if accidentally can result in you being charged with as much as a felony crime.
Restraining Orders in Minnesota
There are three types of restraining orders in Mendota Heights and Eagan as well as throughout the state.
OFP – An Order for Protection will protect somebody who has suffered abuse from a family member or someone who lives in the house. Violating an OFP is a criminal offense and can carry a jail sentence.
HRO – A Harassment Restraining Order is intended to protect a person from harassment, even if they are not related. Violating an HRO is a criminal offense and can carry a jail sentence.
DANCO – A Domestic Abuse No Contact Order is issued by a judge at the request of a prosecutor, not an abuse victim. Violating a DANCO is a criminal offense and can carry a jail sentence.
This is why anyone served with an OFP or HRO must fight to have it removed before it becomes a permanent order. A Sieben Edmunds Miller attorney will present evidence in your favor, cross-examine witnesses, and challenge any claims made by the person seeking the order.
If You Have Been Charged with Violating a Restraining Order
Violating any restraining order is a criminal offense considered serious enough to include a possible jail sentence. Violations of Orders for Protection, Harassment Restraining Orders, and Domestic Abuse No Contact Orders can be prosecuted at the misdemeanor or even felony level under some circumstances. As experienced defense lawyers, we are aggressive in helping people who have been charged with violating a restraining order in Minnesota. You are entitled to a strong defense.