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What will happen in Arraignment?
You will probably be asked to stand in front of the Judge (a Domestic Violence Advocate will be with you), raise your right hand and swear your statements are true. The Judge, prosecutor and/or defendant's attorney may ask you questions. Answer all questions as briefly and honestly as you can. The Judge wants to hear what happened during the incident and why you want a protection order.

Be aware that any information you give under oath can and may be used by the defendant's attorney.

Guide to Protection orders

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1. What are Protection Orders?
2. Are all Protection Orders the same?
3. Who can get a Criminal Protection Order?
4. How do I get a Criminal Protection Order?
5. Who are considered family and household members?
6. How long does the order last?
7. Can I get a Criminal Protection Order any time?
8. Why do I have to come to the Arraignment?
9. What will happen in Arraignment?
10. What should I do if there is a violation of the Protection Order?