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Rules to follow with a temporary restraining order

Should you ever be the recipient of a temporary restraining order (TRO), it is important for you to know the rules you must follow. Claiming ignorance after violating the rules of a TRO will not help your case in front of a judge. It will only make matters worse. You need to follow every single rule of a TRO so that you are not arrested for violating one in Summit County.

A TRO requires or offers you all of the following:

  • You will have a chance to be heard in court if a TRO is filed against you
  • A TRO can be issued against you on the same day a victim files a request for one
  • A TRO is only in effect for a period of 15-20 day or until the court hearing called the Order to Show Cause occurs, or whichever comes first
  • You must be served the TRO
  • The TRO could be extended, or turned into a permanent restraining order, when you attend the Order to Show Cause hearing. It could also be canceled

The terms of every TRO are different based on the individual situation. If you are ordered to avoid contact with a former loved one, friend, or even your spouse; you must obey these terms for the length of the TRO. Should you violate the terms of the TRO, the victim can notify the police and you can be arrested.

If you have violated a TRO it is imperative that you speak with an experienced attorney immediately. Don't wait until you are arrested or until you need to make a court appearance. Protecting your rights and freedom should be at the top of your list.

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