Protection Orders in Ohio

Posted On: September 14th, 2017 by Bradley J. Groene

A protection order (PO) can be defined as an order given by a judge that prohibits the defendant from making contact with the petitioner. While protection orders can be helpful for some, being served with a wrongful Ohio protection order can damage your reputation, career, and credibility.

If you have been served with an unlawful protection order, contact our experienced Cincinnati domestic violence attorney Brad Groene at Luftman, Heck & Associates. We can help defend against your protection order and navigate your case. Call us today at (513) 338-1890, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Different Types of Protection Orders

There are many different types of protection orders you can be served with. They often depend on your relationship with the petitioner, and the kind of charges you are facing. The four different types of protection orders are:

  • Civil Protection Order (CPO)- CPOs are issued through the Domestic Relations Court, and their purpose is to prevent and/or stop any domestic violence now and in the future. You do not have to be going through a legal divorce in order to file or be served with a CPO. Civil Protection Orders will expire once your case is resolved.
  • Civil Stalking or Sexually Oriented Offense Protection Order (SSOOPO)– This type of protection order is filed through the General Division of Common Pleas Court. With this PO, the person who is charged with stalking is required to stop all alleged stalking activities immediately.
  • Criminal Protection Order (CRPO)– In order to file a CRPO, several
    requirements must be met. The defendant must have a criminal charge, the person who filed the PO must be considered the victim, and both parties must have a proper relationship that is definable under the law.
  • Domestic Violence Temporary Protection Order (DVTPO)– A DVTPO is issued through the Municipal (criminal) Court. This type of PO directs the defendant to cease all current criminal behavior. DVTPOs remain in effect until your case has concluded. However, a DVTPO is valid for a shorter amount of time than a CPO.

Defending Against a Protection Order

Being served with a protection order can damage your reputation. POs will appear on record and serve as a warning to future landlords, employers, and more. Thus, it is important that you comply with your PO, because following the law is pertinent to having a good, clean case.

You must also respond to the court and court officials in a timely manner, as this will show your desire to fix the issue.

Additionally, it is important to hire an experienced domestic violence attorney who understands the law and will help defend you in your case.

Luftman, Heck & Associates Can Help

If you have been served with a protection order you think you don’t deserve, contact Cincinnati criminal defense attorney Brad Groene at Luftman, Heck & Associates. We will evaluate your case and discuss your legal options.

Call us today to schedule an appointment at (513) 338-1890, or contact us online for a free consultation.