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Orders of Protection
An order of protection is a court order that prohibits the person named from contacting or coming within a certain distance of the victim. A violation of the order of protection can have serious consequences, including criminal prosecution.
A temporary order of protection, or emergency restraining order, may be issued in order to offer a victim immediate protection. In these cases, a hearing will often be held at a later date to determine whether to keep the order in place. At times, a restraining order or order of protection may last for up to 2 years.
In New York, conduct that warrants the issuance of an order of protection can be fought in family and in criminal courts. Some counties will combine cases involving “domestic violence” into one integrated court. If you are the subject of an order of protection, it’s important to have an attorney who knows her way around both a criminal courtroom and the family court to best serve your needs.