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Although the Judge may grant the Protection Order, it does not guarantee your safety. It is important for you to be very careful and take steps to ensure your safety as much as possible. (See SAFETY HINTS)
The law (2919.27 and 3113.31 Ohio Revised Code) states that protection orders issued anywhere in the State of Ohio are enforceable throughout the state - if they are current and still valid. Comparable protection orders issued in other states may also be valid in Ohio.
If you are considered a household or family member according to O.R.C. 2919.25, then you may request a Protection Order if an offence of violence is filed on your behalf. Offense of violence include but are not limited to:- Domestic Violence- Felonious Assault- Aggravated Assault- Assault- Menacing by Stalking- Aggravated Trespass- Criminal Damaging/Endangering- Criminal Mischief- Burglary- Endangering Children
If all of the above apply and the prosecutor's office has assisted you in filing a criminal charge, then you need to call to see if the suspect has been served with the criminal complaint. Once the suspect has been served with their paperwork they will be assigned an arraignment date. At this point is when you will have a hearing for your protection order.
A Civil Protection Order or Civil Stalking Protection Order can last up to five years and possibly be renewed for an additional five years.
Arraignment is also where the Judge sets bond on the defendant, and the prosecutor needs to know your feelings about the defendant's release.
Be aware that any information you give under oath can and may be used by the defendant's attorney.
If the defendant violates the Protection Order or the protective provision of the CPO/SSOOPO in any way, call the police. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REASON OR ARGUE WITH THE DEFENDANT. GET YOURSELF TO SAFETY. When the police arrive, show them a copy of your Protection Order. The police will want to confirm the validity of the Protection Order with their records department or the Clerk of Courts.
Ask the police to make a report regarding the Protection Order violation (even if the officer does not make an arrest). Also, write down the officer's name and badge number so that the prosecutor's office can contact the officer if it becomes necessary. You should go to the prosecutor’s office during the next available intake hours.