Consequences of an Order of Protection in Arizona
Order of Protection Consequences in Arizona
If a restraining order (or more accurately, an order of protection) has been filed against you in Arizona, you may have no idea how to respond. You might not understand why it has been issued. You may even feel that the entire situation is completely unfair and uncalled for. You may not be wrong. If you aren’t sure how to respond to a restraining order or order of protection that has been issued against you in Arizona, the first thing you should do is determine what type of order of protection is in place.
If you determine that the restraining order you are dealing with is a civil harassment restraining order, or a court order intended to protect people from abuse/harassment or threats of abuse/harassment, it will usually order you do not contact or come near the person listed as the protected party as well as ordering you to stay away from the protected individual’s place of residence, school, work, etc. The order may also prohibit you from possessing firearms until the protective order expires.
If you are in receipt of an order of protection against you, it is imperative you read the order very carefully to ensure you do not violate that protective order. A violation of an order of protection is a crime and failure to obey the order may result in fines, jail time, or both. Do not contact or go near the individual listed as protected and follow the rules regarding owning/possessing firearms. If you own firearms and the protective order prohibits you from possessing firearms, you may surrender your firearms to a local law enforcement agency, which will return those firearms to you when the protective order expires.
If you wish to contest the protective order, you may file a response to the request for a restraining order to be dismissed. If you wish to do so, contact an experienced attorney. Regardless of whether or not you file a request for a hearing with the court. Having a restraining order issued against you may have serious consequences with respect to employment and, particularly, if you have any government security clearances.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about the consequences of an order of protection in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about order of protection laws in Arizona. Chris is a family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through an order of protection case should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through.