What if a restraining order was filed against me?

  • If you are slapped with a temporary restraining order, the final hearing will happen in an extremely short period of time (days), so consult an attorney immediately.
  • Read the order and understand clearly what you cannot do. You can’t contact the victim in any way at all – not directly, not through third parties, not through social media, nothing. You can’t contact their employer, relatives – nothing at all.
  • Violation of a final restraining order is construed as contempt of court and could result in 30 days in jail.
  • It is absolutely imperative that you get an attorney, since a restraining order is a civil matter and you cannot benefit from a public defender, and imposition of a restraining order could have negative ramifications on your ability to be employed.