A protective order, more commonly referred to as a restraining order, offers individuals in Oklahoma a means of protection from a particular person or persons threatening their safety or well-being. Victims of violence or threatened violence in Oklahoma can seek a protective order in either a criminal or civil court setting, and, although restraining orders often result from cases of domestic violence, they may also be used in other cases as well, such as those involving stalking, harassment or even abuse of the elderly or disabled. If you have been the victim of domestic violence or another form of violence in Oklahoma, and you believe a protective order is necessary, contact our reputable attorneys at Atkins & Markoff to discuss your legal options.
TYPES OF PROTECTIVE ORDERS IN OKLAHOMA
A protective order can be easy to come by if you have been injured or harmed before and if you have proof that the individual you are seeking protection from has caused you harm. In Oklahoma, there are three types of protective orders available to victims, including the following:
Emergency ex parte protective orders – a restraining order filed during normal hours that typically lasts 20 days, or until a full hearing can be held.
Emergency temporary orders – a short-term protective order typically executed after hours by a night court judge for an immediate emergency (usually lasts only 24 hours).
Final protective orders – a restraining order typically issued after a full hearing that offers more long-term protection, possibly lasting for several years.
HOW A PROTECTIVE ORDER WORKS
A protective order can help keep you and your children safe from a person who is threatening your safety now or from someone who has harmed you in the past. A restraining order works by doing one or more of the following:
Preventing intimidation or abuse
Prohibiting possession of firearms
Determining and enforcing child custody and visitation rights
CONTACT OUR REPUTABLE ATTORNEYS TODAY
The details of protective orders vary from state to state, so the best way to protect yourself and your family from someone you think may be dangerous is to contact a knowledgeable lawyer in your area for legal help. Here at Atkins & Markoff, we understand how important it is to feel safe on a daily basis, and our legal team has extensive experience helping individuals throughout the state of Oklahoma pursue legal protection in the form of a restraining order. If you believe that you or your loved ones may be in danger from a particular individual, consult our knowledgeable lawyers at Atkins & Markoff to discuss your options for legal recourse.