If you’re being harassed or stalked and you don’t know where to turn for help, it may be time to file a restraining order against your abuser.
Continue reading to learn more about how a restraining order works in Oregon.
The purpose of a restraining order is to gain legal protection from an abuser who you’re afraid might physically harm you.
In a nutshell, you’ll need to file for a restraining order in the county where you or the respondent lives. There’s no fee associated with filing for a restraining order.
There are four forms you’ll need to fill out and file with the court:
- Petition for Restraining Order to Prevent Abuse
- Confidential Information Forms (CIF) for both you and the respondent
- Notice of Filing of Confidential Information Form (CIF)
- Restraining Order to Prevent Abuse
After you file your petition, you’ll learn where and when you need to appear for your hearing. If your order is granted, you’ll receive copies.
The order will then need to be served to the respondent, at which time the 30 day period begins, allowing the respondent to request a hearing to contest the restraining order.
If the respondent requests a hearing, it’ll likely happen right away, so you’ll need to pay attention to your phone and email for notice of the hearing.
How Long the Order Will Last
A restraining order is valid for one year from the date the judge signs it. After the first year expires, you may renew the order for an additional year.
Keep in mind you’ll need to file the paperwork for your restraining order renewal BEFORE the order expires.
What Happens if The Order is Violated
If the respondent violates the restraining order, you can call the police. If the officer thinks the respondent violated the order, then he or she is required to arrest the respondent. As punishment for the violation, the respondent may be fined, put on probation, or placed in jail.
While you can file for a restraining order without the help of an attorney, securing representation is often very helpful in these types of cases.
Call Baxter Harder, LLC today at (541) 238-9210 to speak with a Bend attorney about your case.