Austin Restraining Order Lawyers of Ian Inglis

Restraining Orders

A restraining order is a document issued by a civil court meant to protect a victim from his or her abuser. In Texas, it is also known as a protective order. They can be issued against anyone who is accused of abusing a family member, household member, or a person he or she is dating.

Types of Restraining Orders

Texas law offers three different kinds of restraining orders.

  • Temporary Ex Parte Order: This is intended to offer immediate protection from an abusive partner or parent. It can be issued without any hearing, based on an application filed by the alleged victim. It will expire at the date of the court hearing for a permanent order.

  • Permanent (or Final) Protective Order: Despite its name, a permanent protective order expires after 2 years. It can only be issued following a civil hearing, at which the target of the order will have a chance to defend himself or herself.

  • Magistrate’s Order of Emergency Protection: This can be issued to anyone who has been jailed for family assault. It expires after 31 – 61 days.

What a Protective Order Can Do

If a protective order is filed against you, you may be required to:

  • Leave your home, if you live with the filer
  • Stay away from the filer’s home and place of work
  • Cease all communication or contact with the filer
  • Attend counseling and/or a battering intervention program
  • Perform any other acts the judge deems necessary to prevent violence

Contact Us

A restraining order can damage your personal life, career, and reputation. If someone has tried to file a permanent protective order against you, contact Austin restraining order attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950.

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