Harassment Restraining Orders
Harassment restraining orders are sought by those individuals who are victim to harassment in order to prevent further harassment. The parent or guardian of a minor who is being harassed may request a harassment restraining order on behalf of the minor. The harassment restraining order is filed by a petitioner against the harasser who becomes the respondent. In addition to harassment restraining orders, many jurisdictions have other types of restraining orders such as a domestic abuse restraining order, a child abuse restraining order, and a vulnerable adult restraining order.
Harassment restraining orders are appropriate in order to prohibit harassment in a variety of situations. Harassment is defined as any repeated, unwanted and intrusive words or actions that are intended to adversely affect the victim in some way. Harassment may include any striking, shoving, kicking, or other physical contact or any threat or attempt to do the same. A harassment restraining order may be appropriate in cases where a person or persons are dwelling around a specific building in such a way that compromises a person's safety, privacy, or security, or which bars an individual from entering a space they have the right to gain access to. There are also other cases where a harassment restraining order may be appropriately pursued.
Harassment restraining orders are requested through the Superior court in the appropriate jurisdiction where the harassment is taking place or where one or both of the involved parties resides. A judge is the individual with the authority to order harassment restraining orders. Every state and local jurisdiction has different laws which govern harassment restraining order provisions. Many places will allow you to get harassment restraining orders in a short period of time.
In order to obtain temporary harassment restraining orders, you must request action be granted by the Superior court. Every jurisdiction has a different process for filing temporary harassment restraining orders. In some cases and jurisdictions a petitioner will have to pay a fine when applying for a harassment restraining order. Under some circumstances these fees can be waived or the court may order the respondent to pay them.
Temporary harassment restraining orders are granted by a Superior court judge. These restraining orders are often granted immediately and are valid until the court is able to hold a hearing (a few days to a few weeks later) to determine whether or not a permanent harassment restraining order should be ordered. During the hearing a judge will also decide if any further legal action should be made.
A harassment restraining order can prohibit the respondent from contacting or causing anyone else to have contact with the petitioner. The respondent is often prohibited from going within a certain distance from the petitioner. If you are interested in more information about harassment restraining orders, it could be greatly beneficial to contact a professional and experienced attorney who can protect and maximize your legal interests.
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