Why Would I Need a Protective Order in Texas?

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Violence and harassment may be factors in an unhealthy relationship. In Texas, you may file a protective order if a member of your family or other person is targeting you with abuse. These are court orders that can prevent the abusive person from contacting you or your children. A Texas protective order could:

  1. Prevent the offending person from committing additional acts of family violence, sexual assault or stalking.
  2. Keep the offending person from directly or indirectly threatening you or your children. For instance, the protective order may prevent the offending individual from conveying threats through a third-party (another person).
  3. Prevent the offending person from going to a school or daycare that your child attends (if your child is covered by the protective order).

These are only a few examples of what a protective order may accomplish. A Texas protective order may also require the offending person to leave your household.

How Do I Get a Protective Order in Texas?

The court determines the necessity of a protective order on a case-by-case basis. A protective order may be warranted in cases where family violence, sexual assault or stalking has occurred and is likely to occur again. A temporary protective order may last for up to 20 days. After the temporary order is in place, you can receive a hearing date for a full protective order. Full protective orders can last for up to two years.

There are severe penalties for violating a protective order in Texas. The offender could face a fine of up to $4,000 and one year in jail. In cases involving violence, the penalties are steeper. The offender could also lose his or her right to obtain or renew a license to own firearms in Texas.

You should speak with an experienced family law attorney if you are trying to obtain a protective order in Texas. The Texas family law attorneys at The Julian Firm, P.C. could assist you in filing a protective order.