A protective order (also known as a restraining order) is a court-issued order that requires one person to stop harming or avoid contact with another person. Protective orders are often issued in cases involving domestic violence or abusive relationships as well as cases involving stalking or sexual assault.
Although a protective order will not prevent an abuser from attacking or stalking a victim, it will allow the victim to call the police who can then arrest the abuser for violating the protective order. Violation of a protective order is a misdemeanor, but subsequent violations may be a felony.
In New Hampshire, the maximum duration of a protective order is one year, but it may be extended in some cases. Vermont does not have a maximum duration other than the time period that the court sets. However, the court may decide to extend the order in certain cases.
At the Cole Law Office we represent individuals seeking protective orders as well as individuals seeking relief from protective orders.
Regardless of your situation, please call us at 800-909-LAWS (5297) or email us today if you need help with a Vermont or New Hampshire protective order. Because all cases are subject to a statute of limitations or contract clauses that may limit the dates within which a lawsuit may be brought, call without delay to ensure you do not waive any of your rights.