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Harassment Restraining Orders: The Basics

Harassment restraining orders can be an effective tool to stop another person from threatening you or causing you to be fearful for your safety.  Unlike most civil litigation, HROs are obtained via an initial form, then an evidentiary hearing is potentially held.

In order to obtain a HRO, you need to prove the following:

1.  A single act of physical or sexual assault;

2.  Multiple incidents of intrusive or unwanted acts, words, or gestures;

3.  The incidents are intended to or do have a substantial adverse effect on your safety, security, or privacy.

In order to satisfy element 3 above, the petitioner's fear for their safety, security, or privacy is viewed from an objective perspective, not necessarily the perspective of the petitioner.

If granted, a HRO can restrict the ability of the respondent to come near your property, to have contact with you, or a combination of elements. 

Your safety, well-being and happiness in your own home is important.  Likewise, defending yourself against a frivolous HRO can save you embarrassment and criminal trouble down the road.  Let my experience in this area help you get the justice you deserve.

The material contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not legal advice, nor is it a substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney. Each situation is unique, and you should not act or rely on any information contained herein without seeking the advice of an experienced attorney. All information contained in links are the property of the linked site.


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