DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORDER OF PROTECTION AND CIVIL RESTRAINING ORDER
What is the difference between an Order of Protection and Civil Restraining Order?
Orders of protection:
- Requires a qualifying relationship between the parties
- There is no cost to the petitioner for the assistance of an advocate (non- lawyer), filing fees, service fees, publication costs, and/or copies
- While a petitioner is entitled to retain an attorney for these hearings, most often they proceed without an attorney, using the free services of a family shelter advocate.
- The law allows for many remedies which are enforced by the police and can result in an arrest and possible jail time if violated.
Civil Restraining Orders:
- Do not require a specific relationship between the parties
- The parties may be required to pay the costs required for these type of cases
- You can proceed without a lawyer but most often a lawyer is involved
- Civil Restraining Orders are only enforced by the Court
- Police do not enforce the orders nor do they arrest for alleged violations
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