Posted on May 20, 2016
In California, there are two basic types of restraining orders, Civil Harassment (CCP 527.6) and Domestic Violence (DV TRO’s). Today I’ll focus on DV TRO’s, who can get one, what they do, and what should you do if you have been served with one?
A DV TRO is an order restraining a person from certain conduct, such as stay away orders, anti-harrassment, etc. A temporary order must be issued, upon showing of good cause, the same day of application. A Hearing is usually set within 21 days, and if granted, the “permanent” order lasts from one to five years.
DV TRO’s commonly are sought in conjunction with criminal cases, as well as couples pending a divorce or separation. A TRO is not a criminal matter, and may proceed independently of, or concurrent with a prosecution. If you are facing criminal charges, you probably should request a stay in the TRO proceedings and invoke your Fifth Amendment right against incrimination, as avoiding jail is more important that the restraining order.
A restraining order is a court order issued to prevent the recurrence of acts of abuse by a batterer. Under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, abuse is defined as any of the following:
To get a DV TRO, a petitioner must establish a relationship exists with the person sought to be restrained, such as:
The act(s) of abuse/violence must be recent, within 30 days.
If you are served with a TRO, its important to seek legal advice immediately. Many of your rights are time-sensitive, such as filing a response and serving the Petitioner prior to the hearing. Also, it may not be in your best interest to respond, and/or a continuance might be more appropriate.
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