Protective Order Questionnaire - Introduction

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What is a Protective Order?

A final protective order is a civil court order issued by a District Court to prevent continuing acts of family violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault against the victim and the victim’s household members. It is not the same as a “restraining order.” Violation of a protective order may result in criminal prosecution, and includes the potential for jail/prison time and/or fine for the offender. A protective order may order the abuser to:

The Criminal District Attorney’s Office does not issue protective orders. Only a judge can grant a protective order. After one or multiple court hearings, if the judge grants the protective order, your local police or sheriff’s department will be sent a copy of the order. If the person complained against commits any of the prohibited acts listed in the Protective Order, criminal charges can be filed by law enforcement if there is sufficient proof of a violation.

The Protective Order Process

How do I get started?

Will I Get a Protective Order?

Based on the information you provide to us, we will assess your request and determine whether the necessary relationship requirements are met, and whether the bad acts you describe meet the code requirements to support filing a Protective Order Application on your behalf. If your primary issue is divorce, child custody, visitation, child support or a property dispute, this office will not file an Application for a Protective Order. You may consult a private attorney for advice on those issues. If you would like the Protective Order to review the facts of your situation to determine whether we may assist you, please complete and submit this questionnaire. It is the policy of the Criminal District Attorney that all services and activities of the office are accessible to all qualified persons without regard to disability. If you have a disability that will require an accommodation, please notify us. If you are hearing impaired, blind or visually-impaired, you may call Relay Texas at 711 from any phone or visit http://www.relaytexas.com/711.html.