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Oklahoma Protective Order Attorneys

A woman enters a hospital with a broken rib and a bloody nose. She walks in with her head hanging down in shame… “I fell down some stairs,” she tells the inquiring nurse. Making her way down the all-too-familiar hallways, she checks into the emergency room where she gets her injuries tended to once again. Because of the increase in domestic violence, the Violence Against Women Act was enacted in 1994. The statistics are at a remarkable high which means that there is a higher demand for protection orders both in Oklahoma and everywhere else. Sanctions have now been put in place for violators in which to create an incentive for them to cease their horrific actions.

Thousands of innocent people are having their basic human rights violated every day, and so it has now become necessary to provide protection for afflicted parties. Privett Law can help you see your way to the peace of mind you deserve. Contact the firm today for a full consultation, and I will assist you in moving away from the daily terror you face.

What are Protective Orders?

Protective orders are meant to stem the violent, abusive, and intimidating acts against victims of physical, mental and psychological abuse. Judges are given a wide scope of authority to effectuate these orders, and a victim can generally seek a protective order in either a criminal or a civil court setting.

A protective order is also known as a restraining order or sometimes even an injunction in some jurisdictions, but protective orders are generally executed and served on a particular individual in order to protect another. Though protective orders are most often pursued in situations that involve domestic violence, the scope of protective orders in Oklahoma and everywhere else has expanded to include conduct such as stalking, abuse of the elderly or disabled individuals and even children. Protective orders in Oklahoma can also protect crime victims and witnesses from harassment by defendants.

What Can a Restraining Order Do?

1. Restrict contact
2. Prohibit abuse or intimidation
3. Prevent harassment
4. Determine and enforce child custody and visitation rights
5. Mandate offender counseling
6. Prohibit possession of firearms

Restraining Orders in Oklahoma

There are three types of protective orders available in Oklahoma: 
1. Emergency temporary orders
2. Emergency ex parte protective orders 
3. Final protective orders.

An emergency temporary order is a short-term protective order that is normally executed after hours by a night court judge, and obviously is given during an immediate emergency. Typically, this type of order lasts for about 24 hours or until the “full” courthouse opens the next day. Generally, a petitioner will file for an extension of this order when the courthouse does open, and this can be done on an ex parte basis.

An emergency ex parte protective order is similar to the type listed above, and the only real difference is the time of day in which it is filed. This order is entered until such time as a full hearing can be held, and that hearing usually takes place within 20 days. 

Final protective orders offer more long-term protection than either of the two types of protective orders listed above in Oklahoma. Final protective orders are issued after the full hearing in which both parties to the situation are present in the courtroom. These final orders can last for multiple years in duration.

Preparatory Steps for a Protective Order

With the help of Privett Law, you will most likely work towards obtaining a protective order by taking some or all of the following steps:

Evidence Gathering:
1. Gain an understanding of what a witness will say about the incident(s)
2. Medical documentation 
3. Police reports – copies are available
4. Photographic evidence of the injuries
5. Photos of broken household objects damaged during abusive episodes
6. Tapes of calls to 911 – the police will have these available 
7. Official, notarized copies of the abuser’s criminal record 

The more evidence you have, the greater your chances of gaining a protection order. However, if gathering this evidence before you obtain your protective order will create a dangerous situation, then do not attempt to gather this information yourself. Allow me to organize your evidence so that you don’t incur any additional stress.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Protective orders also have sanctions that are placed on the violator, but each sanction varies from state to state. Contact Privett Law to begin the process of getting your life back. Call us now to schedule your full consultation regarding your protective orders.