Civil Restraining Orders: What’s at Stake

Civil restraining orders (also called protection orders) in Colorado are designed to prevent abuse, bodily harm, and stalking. Unfortunately, the process is sometimes misused, and it can be very important to defend yourself prior to a court imposing a permanent protection order. The temporary order may have already prevented you from attending work, church, school, or living in your home. Even without those restraints, conceding a protection order is often a mistake: accidental encounters down the road could lead to serious criminal charges for violation of a restraining order. Moreover, a permanent protection order cuts off your gun rights and appears on criminal background checks, easily affecting your current employment and future job searches.

Defending Restraining Orders

Once you’ve been served with a temporary restraining order, a hearing is set within two weeks to determine if it should be made permanent. If you do not show up for that hearing, the protection order becomes permanent. If the hearing is held and the judge believes the other party, and believes that prohibited acts (abuse, threats…) have occurred and are likely to occur again, the protection order becomes permanent. When you’ve been served with a temporary restraining order, it’s time to defend yourself. Strictly obey the temporary protection order, and contact a lawyer to prepare your defense.

As a criminal defense lawyer, Matthew Hand often deals with exaggerated or fabricated accusations against his clients. With extensive trial experience , Matthew Hand is ready to cross-examine your accuser and develop your own evidence to show the judge why the protection order should be dismissed.