Minnesota OFP and Restraining Order Lawyers
Having an Order for Protection (OFP) issued against you can greatly affect your family life and career. If a temporary OFP has been issued against you, you have a right to an evidentiary hearing. Unless you are prepared to live with the many adverse consequences of an OFP, you should obtain an attorney to represent you at the hearing for the final OFP.
Should you subsequently violate the order, you could face a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony charge.
You have the right to contest the issuance of an Order for Protection or Harassment Restraining Order. However, you should think twice before attempting to represent yourself. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make a significant difference in the outcome.
The Three Types of Restraining Orders in Minnesota
In Minnesota, there are three types of restraining orders:
Order for Protection (OFP) — A civil order that is designed to protect someone who has suffered abuse from a family member or household member.
Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) — A civil order designed to protect someone from abuse or harassment by a person not related to the victim.
Domestic No Contact Order (DANCO) — Issued at the request of a prosecutor, not the victim of abuse. Violation of a DANCO order is a criminal offense.
Considering the consequences, you should try to avoid the imposition of an OFP or HRO if that is possible. Villaume & Schiek, P.A., can represent you in the civil hearing following the issuance of the temporary order. We can present evidence in your favor, cross-examine witnesses and challenge the assertions of the person seeking the order.
Have You Been Charged With Violating a Restraining Order?
Violation of an OFP, HRO or DANCO order is a serious criminal offense carrying a potential jail sentence. We are experienced trial lawyers who aggressively defend people facing criminal charges. Villaume & Schiek, P.A., will work tirelessly to protect your rights and obtain the best possible outcome for you.
In a free consultation, an attorney can provide you with an honest assessment of your case and discuss how we can help you.
Contact Villaume & Schiek, P.A., in Bloomington to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Minnesota restraining order attorney.