Many victims of domestic abuse or violence do not think their situation is "serious enough" to merit any help from the state or local government. However, that is the very purpose of a protective order: to prevent a situation form being dire or to the point of causing injury or a leading to a criminal charge. Colorado laws provide for this type of legal action. Do yourself a service and at the very least consider your options. Read on to find out what a protective order can do for you in Colorado. Then talk to an experienced family law attorney about your situation.
A protective order is also known as a protection order or sometimes a restraining order. A civil protection order is what you would most likely seek, unless the person you are seeking an order against is already in a criminal proceeding. This is known as a mandatory protective order.
Civil Protection Orders
A civil protection order would mean the court has ordered the person to stay away from you, your home (dwelling) as well as prohibiting contact. This could be through phone, e-mail and other modes of communication. Even your children and your household pet can be included in this order.
The general threshold a person must prove in seeking a protective order is that you are in imminent danger. Once filed, a judge will hear your petition for the order. If the judge is convinced, then a temporary protective order will be granted. This is usually a 14 day period. Once that period is up then the judge will reevaluate the situation and determine if it is necessary to make the order permanent.
Every situation is different, so it is important to seek help from a skilled Colorado family law attorney about your domestic abuse case.