By Brandon A. Prenger*
You’re probably wondering what this Protection order thing means. A Protection Order prohibits you from contacting, harassing, injuring, intimidating, molesting, threatening, touching, stalking, sexually assaulting or abusing any Protected Person, or from entering or remaining on premises, or from coming within a specified distance of a Protected Person or premises, or from taking, transferring, concealing, harming, disposing of, or threatening harm to an animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by a Protected Person, or any other provision to protect the Protected Person from imminent danger to life or health. Additionally, being the subject of a Protection Order may prevent you from owning or possessing firearms and ammunition.
Now you’re probably thinking “this is no good” or more likely “what do I do now”. First and foremost, follow the above paragraph. Failing to strictly abide by a Protection Order will result in you being arrested and charged with a criminal offense. Even indirect contact such as text messages or having someone else contact the Protected Person is considered a violation of your Protection Order. So again, just leave them alone completely until the Protection Order matter is resolved.
Once you have a Protection Order against you, there are two ways to handle it, the long way and the short way. Unfortunately, you only have control over the long way, but we’ll talk about that in part 2. So what’s the short way? It’s simple, you ask the Protected Person to drop it, well not you personally, but you know that already. That is where your attorney comes in. Your attorney can contact an opposing party to discuss the facts and possible outcome of a case. This allows your attorney to speak directly to the Protected Party. If the Protected Person agrees to drop the Protection Order, the process is relatively quick and simple. All that needs to be done is your attorney will file a stipulated motion that is signed by both parties and you are done. However, if the Protected Person does not agree to drop the Protection Order, you are forced into the long way. See Part 2.
* Brandon A. Prenger is an attorney with The Gasper Law Group, PLLC. The Gasper Law Group, PLLC serves Colorado Springs and surrounding counties in the areas of Criminal Defense, Divorce and Military Divorce and Personal Injury. You can reach the firm at (719) 227-7779.