Posted on Oct 30, 2019

The Hill Law Firm | Criminal Defense Attorney Lebanon, TN

What Is An Order Of Protection In Tennessee?

An order of protection is a legal document signed by a judge and tells someone who is hurting or scaring you to cease or face legal consequences. The purpose is to offer protection for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and stalking. An order of protection orders the abuser to cease all contact of any kind with the victim for a period of one year. This includes phone calls, text messages, emails, social media, or any form of third party contact. In most cases this order is filed to prevent any further domestic violence or harassment. To be eligible for an order of protection the victim must have either been in a romantic relationship, lived with or be related to the abuser. There are exceptions for sexual assault and stalking in which case no relationship is required.

When an order of protection is filed, the judge or magistrate will normally issue a temporary order of protection. The order of protection is then served upon the respondent and the case is set for hearing. If after a hearing on the issues, the Court finds that there is sufficient evidence to grant the order of protection then the Court will issue an order valid for 1 year. Violation of an order of protection is an A misdemeanor punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.
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