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There are two types of protection orders in Ohio that are associated with domestic violence cases.
At a defendant’s arraignment in a domestic violence and/or assault case, the alleged victim may be granted a temporary protection order if he or she can demonstrate to the judge that the defendant represents a clear and present danger to him or her.
If granted, the order will generally prohibit the defendant from contacting the prosecuting witness in any way. The temporary protection order will stand until the prosecuting witness requests and the judge agrees to lift the order or the case is over.
These offer more protections than the temporary order and do not require that the offender have criminal charges against him or her. They also last up to five years and can be renewed. A civil protection order may require that you do any of the following:
Every day in central Ohio people are charged with violating protection orders. Violating protection order charges can range from a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail to a third degree felony, punishable up to 36 months prison.
If you are convicted of violating a protection order, additional potential issues include:
The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes a two-pronged approach to all violation of protection order cases. First and foremost, you will need a bond. Generally, you will be arrested when charged with violating a protection order. If not, the charge(s) will be filed as a warrant and you will have to turn yourself in. We will represent you at your initial bond hearing and look to secure a favorable bond and your release from jail.
Thereafter we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made, whether the prosecuting witness is fabricating the charges and what other legal issues can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor and interviewing witnesses. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, pictures and recorded interviews. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review.
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients on violating protection order charges. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with violating a protection order, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced protection order attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.