RUNNING HEAD: Restraining orders1Restraining OrdersApril AlexanderIntro to Criminal JusticeCJ 101Mr. Mark JonesKaplan CollegeNovember 15, 2011
RUNNING HEAD: Restraining orders2What is a Restraining OrderMerriam-Webster’s definition of a restraining order is a legal order issued against an individual to restrict or prohibit access or proximity to another specified individual. This tool is supposed to be designed to provide emergency relief in the event of imminent or actual serious and physical harm. The petitioner (you) will file a complaint against another person the respondent ( abuser) to keep the abuser from causing any more harm. There will be a “no contact” order put into place, this is suppose to prevent the abuser from trying to make any contact via phone, text, email, workplace or at school. If the petitioner and the the respondent have children together the respondent will have no contact with the children as well can not come to the home. The respondent will have to leave the home if they live with the petitioner. And if any children are involved will have to pay temporary child support until a hearing is set. The respondent will be notified by law enforcement about the order. If the respondent violates the the terms of the order call 911 and the respondent will be arrested if the respondent knows that there is an order in place.