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How Long Does a Restraining Order Last?

Restraining orders are used to protect individuals who feel they are in a dangerous or a violent situation. If you have been served with a restraining order, the restraining order will be effective for a specific duration of time depending on what type of restraining order has been issued.


If you have been served with an emergency protective order, which is issued when immediate protection is needed for another person, it will last 7 days. If you have been served with a temporary protective order, which is issued to provide protection to a victim throughout the duration of the case, it will stay in effect until the case concludes. If you have been served with a permanent restraining order, which is enforceable only after a hearing is conducted and both parties have a chance to be heard, it can last up to 5 years. If you have been served with a civil harassment restraining order, issued to prevent harassment and stalking of another person, it is enforceable until a court hearing is held. A court hearing usually occurs within 15 to 22 days.

If you have been served with a restraining order you must comply with the terms of the restraining order for the term specified. If you do not comply with the restraining order you will be subject to the consequences that go along with a violation of the restraining order, including arrest for violating a court order.

If you are worried you have committed a restraining order violation in California, it is imperative that you hire a competent and skilled criminal defense attorney to assist you through this complicated and stressful legal process. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience defending clients in restraining order cases and are committed to vigorously defend you by investigating all aspects of your case. Contact us today at 1-888-280-6839, or visit us at www.wklaw.com for more information. Call us today, we will get through this together.

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