Seeking an Order of Protection is an extreme attempt to remedy an extreme situation. I cannot stress how important it is for some of these cases to be granted, nor can I stress how often these types of cases are baseless and unnecessary.
Sometimes it’s the only way you can get a protection. Other times, it is used as a way to harass someone for no obvious reason.
If you’ve been served in a Protection Order case, then the Petitioner, or the person who filed the case against you, went to the Circuit Court and made allegations about you.
While there has been no finding about the truth of the allegations at this time, the Court may have already issued Orders that will be in place until there is an actual hearing.
Once the Respondent is served an order of protection in Missouri, there are two things that can happen at the hearing date:
The Petitioner will likely have an attorney representing them. If you’ve been served, then your next best step is to find an attorney to represent you. The Petitioner will have to prove their case against you, and this is where having an an experienced attorney by your side is imperative if you’d like to avoid an Order being filed against you.
Whether it is a Consent Order or an Order granted after a contested hearing, protection Orders are usually limited to a period of one year, but can be renewed for additional time.
There are a few things you need to do immediately if you are the Respondent:
Haefner Law Office remains experts in matters involving Protection Orders and this can benefit you immensely in your case. There is a good chance the opposing party will have an attorney advocating against you. You’ll need to be protected as best as you possibly can be.
Contact Haefner Law office at (314) 200-6101 to get more information regarding Protection Orders and the best course of action for your family.
Thank you for considering Haefner Law Office in this difficult time. We hope to hear from you soon.