Procedures Applicable to a Plaintiff in a Protection Case - If a Final Protection Order is Issued

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L. If a Final Protection Order is Issued.

A final protection order may last up to two years in a protection from abuse case and up to one year in a protection from harassment case. Both parties should read any final order carefully. The protection order remains in effect until it expires, unless it is terminated or changed by the court before it expires. The only way a protection order can be changed is by a judicial officer. No one else, including you, has authority to change the order or to give the defendant permission to violate the order. For example, if the defendant has been ordered not to go to your house, the defendant will be violating the order if he/she goes to your house, even if you have invited him/her.

Remember: Only the court can change the order.

The order will state specifically what things the defendant may not do and what things the defendant must do. If the defendant violates the order, you should call the police and tell them about the protection order and the violation. It is a crime for the defendant to violate certain portions of the protection order. You should keep a copy of the order with you at all times.

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