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How could a restraining order negatively affect your life?

Often, if a person wants another individual to leave him or her alone, saying so is enough to address the situation. However, in some instances, an individual may carry out actions that frighten a person, and simply telling that other person to stay away does not help. As a result, the victim may feel the need to obtain a restraining order. While restraining orders can certainly help individuals who would otherwise be in harm's way, some people may abuse that protection.

For example, some people may attempt to get a restraining order in order to get back at a person whom they believe has wronged them, or a parent may try to get a restraining order against the other parent during a divorce to sway child custody proceedings. Unfortunately, these acts could spell trouble for you if someone tries to get a restraining order against you.

The effects of a restraining order

If you have a restraining order brought against you, it could seriously affect your life. Some of the repercussions you may face include the following:

  • Being unable to see your children
  • Being unable to go to certain places or participate in certain activities
  • Facing negative repercussions to your immigration status, if that applies to your situation
  • Having to move out of your home if the party or parties named in the order live in the same home
  • Being unable to own a firearm or having to turn in, store or sell any firearms in your possession

In the event that you violate the terms of a restraining order, you could face serious criminal consequences. In fact, you could face serious fines or even jail time if a judge rules that you violated the order.

Types of restraining orders

The exact effects a restraining order will have on your life will depend on the type of order obtained. Some examples of restraining orders include the following:

  • Stay-away orders that require you to stay a certain distance from certain people or places
  • Kick-out or move-out orders that require you to move away from where the protected person lives
  • Personal conduct orders that require you to stop certain actions against protected parties, such as stalking, threatening, contacting or harassing

Understandably, the idea of having a restraining order brought against you may feel overwhelming. You may automatically think that the court will rule against you, but you may want to remember that you have legal rights. Discussing your particular case with an experienced California attorney may be wise.

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