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Protection Orders in Ohio
Youngstown Protection Order Defense Lawyer
Serving the Accused in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Jefferson & Belmont Counties, OH
Ohio protection orders, also known as restraining orders, are issued by civil and criminal courts to protect alleged victims from violence, the threat of violence, and other aggressive actions committed by others. These orders are common in domestic violence cases where one party alleges that the other party has engaged in family abuse. However, they can also be issued in other situations as well. These orders contain restrictions and conditions that the alleged aggressor must follow throughout the duration of the order. Failure to comply with a protective order can itself lead to criminal charges and jail time.
At Youngstown Criminal Law Group, we defend individuals contesting protective orders in court as well as those accused of violating them. Our team is well-versed in the various types of protective orders that courts can use to target individuals accused of crimes, often with little or no evidence. If you have been named in any such order, you have legal rights. Our firm can thoroughly review your case and devise a defense strategy to combat allegations or criminal charges. We know the negative impact that protective orders and their alleged violations can have on your life, including your reputation, finances, freedom, and even child custody.
Protection Orders in Ohio
Protection orders are issued by judges in civil and criminal courts that impose specific restrictions and conditions on the person named in the order. They are created by judges with terms particular to the case involved. You do not have to be charged with a crime to become the subject of a protection order.
These restrictions and conditions can do the following:
- Bar you from making any type of contact with the alleged victim, whether by phone, email, text, letter, or in person.
- Bar you from going within a certain distance of the alleged victim.
- Force you to vacate the residence you share with the alleged victim.
- Order you to pay spousal support.
- Remove your child custody rights and order you to pay child support.
- Order you to pay restitution to the alleged victim for any medical or other financial fallout from the alleged crime.
- Order you to engage in counseling.
- Bar you from possessing a firearm.
Ohio has several types of protection orders, including the following:
- Civil protection orders issued by family courts to protect individuals and their children from potential domestic abuse based on allegations by the party seeking the order. These can last for up to five years. Violation of these orders can result in an arrest, fines, and jail time.
- Temporary protection orders issued in court on an emergency basis after the alleged victim requests protection in cases involving domestic violence or sexually-related offenses. These are generally issued by a judge after hearing from the alleged victim only. A full court hearing where both sides can present evidence is generally scheduled within 10 to 14 days to decide if the temporary order should be turned into a civil order as explained above.
- Criminal protection orders issued to protect alleged victims of violent crimes not based on family or household relationships. These remain in effect until the criminal matter has been resolved. Violations of these orders are criminal offenses.
- Civil stalking protection orders and civil sexually-oriented offense protection orders are issued to protect alleged victims against stalking and other behavior that has caused them emotional distress. Violations of these orders can result in new criminal charges.
Under Ohio law, violations of protection orders can be charged as both misdemeanors and felonies, depending on the circumstances.
If you are facing a court hearing related to a protection order or its violation, we strongly urge you to put our skilled trial lawyer on your side as soon as possible. Our firm has the experience, dedication, and work ethic you need to aggressively fight for your best interests.
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