Ohio protection orders are court orders issued for a variety of reasons. They can be known as restraining orders, civil protection orders, criminal protection orders and anti-stalking orders. If you are accused of violating the terms of any protective order you can be brought up on criminal charges.
There are several different kinds of protection orders in Ohio. None of them are simply explained. Laws surrounding the issuance and enforcement of these orders are complex and quite confusing. If you are charged with violating any protection order in Ohio, you need a good attorney working with you and helping to explain the charges you are facing, and figure out how you can protect yourself from potentially serious penalties.
These orders are often issued in domestic violence and stalking cases, cases where emotions run high. It is difficult to go through something like this, particularly if the alleged victim is your family member or significant other.
We have handled many protection order violation cases and know what you are facing. We know that Ohio judges are not sympathetic to anyone even suspected of not following the orders of the court and they treat them accordingly.
We can help ensure that your rights are protected at every stage of the criminal justice process and fight for you to get the best possible outcome in court. You may think the odds are stacked against you, but we urge you to find out what we can do to help.
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Types of Ohio Protection Orders
Civil Protection Orders are those issued by Domestic Relations Court in response to domestic violence cases.
Temporary Protection Orders are typically issued to stop the sale of property or transfer of money pending a divorce. The police cannot make arrests in these situations.
Anti-Stalking Protection Orders and Civil Stalking Protection Orders are issued in cases of stalking.
Criminal Protection Orders are issued by the criminal courts in non-domestic cases where any violent, menacing, or trespassing charges have been filed against you or in domestic cases involving violence.
Ohio Laws & Penalties for Protection Order Violations
Each type of protection order is used by the courts and law enforcement to control the actions of one person (you) in regards to an alleged victim. They can limit proximity, force change of residence, set up spousal support, and dictate a number of other limitations.
In most cases, violating a protection order is a 1st degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and fines up to $1,000. However, there are several situations which could elevate your violation to a felony.
If you violate the order in the commission of a felony, the violation constitutes an additional 3rd degree felony punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison and fine up to $10,000.
If this is not your first violation charge, you may face a 5th degree felony and potential sentence of 6-12 months in prison and fines up to $2,500
Ref: ORC 2919.27
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