You began dating your boyfriend a few months ago and everyone says you are the perfect couple. You started to believe it yourself, until he had started to change. First it was the way he would seem upset if you went out with your friends instead of him. Then, your boyfriend had begun to get paranoid about your whereabouts and was convinced you were cheating on him. The final straw was when he broke into your apartment and assaulted you for breaking up with him.
You are confused, scared, and worried for your safety. You filed a police report and now you’re thinking about getting a protective order against him. Protective restraining orders are something that is new to you and you are not even sure where to begin.
The Types of Protective Orders in Virginia
Three types of protective orders exist in Virginia. The kind you receive is based on your needs and the situation. The following is a brief overview:
- Emergency protective order. This type of protective order can be requested by you or a police officer if you were the victim of an act of violence. A judge or magistrate will likely grant you this order if there is probable danger of another act of violence, force, or threat against you. Also, if there is a petition or warrant for the arrest of the abuser for any crime resulting from the act of violence, force, or a threat against you.
- Preliminary protective order. You’ll need to file a petition in court to obtain a preliminary protective order. In order to receive one, you must allege that you are or have recently been the victim of an act of violence, force, or threat. Also if there is a warrant or petition for the arrest of the abuser for any crime resulting from the act of force, violence, or a threat against you.
- Final protective order. This type of protective order is essentially the long-term protective order following the emergency and the preliminary orders. Once granted, the order lasts for up to two years, and can be extended for two-year periods.
The Easley Law Firm May Be Able to Help
If you’re seeking a protective order, the Easley Law Firm wants to help. Contact us today to speak with an attorney about your situation.