PERSONAL PROTECTIVE SERVICES LAWYER
Personal Protection Orders are not criminal charges, but violating them can become criminal. Here is how easy the process is for someone who would rather see you in jail:
1. Your spouse/girlfriend files a motion for a PPO.
2. You receive a notice of hearing.
3. Sometimes they file a motion to dismiss afterward.
4. Either side can file a motion to modify or terminate it.
You do not get the same rights that you have in a trial if someone files a Motion for a PPO against you. The standard that the court must follow is reasonable cause. This is a much lower standard than a criminal case, which must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
AFTER A PERSONAL PROTECTION ORDER IS ISSUED, YOU CAN BE ARRESTED AFTER ANY ALLEGATION OF VIOLATING THE ORDER
Any violation of the PPO results in a criminal contempt charge.