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Emergency Protective Order (EPO)
Law enforcement agencies can obtain an emergency restraining order (EPO) if the officer has reason to believe that you are in immediate danger of violence. Judges are required to be available 24 hours a day to issue EPOs. Such orders can be obtained in cases of domestic violence, elder abuse
An EPO takes effect immediately and is enforceable for one week. The purpose of the EPO is to protect the abused person while they apply to the court for a temporary restraining order.
Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)
A temporary restraining order (TRO) can often be applied for without advance notice to the person to be restrained and lasts until a court hearing can be held (generally, in about three weeks). It can be temporarily extended under some circumstances.
A TRO is issued when the judge believes you are in immediate danger and need protection before the court hears your case to determine whether to issue a “permanent” restraining order.
Permanent Restraining Order
If, after a court hearing, the judge concludes that the person asking for protection is in danger, a permanent restraining order can be issued. The length of time a permanent restraining order is in effect will vary depending on the type of restraining order and the discretion of the judge, usually for a period of three to five years.
Assistance and representation by an attorney
Will often describes himself as the legal equivalent of the family doctor. Holsinger Law Office offers the following Family Law services:
- Legal Separation & Annulment.
- Child Custody, Visitation & Support.
- Adoption, Paternity &
- Parental Rights.