Restraining Orders

What is a restraining order?

A restraining order is a Court order against an individual that is intended to protect someone who is afraid of being hurt by a specific person or persons.  A restraining order prevents any contact or communication between two or more people. The time length of a restraining order can be from several days to several years. Typically, if an individual violates the Court order, criminal penalties can be charged against him. Restraining orders are most commonly used in situations such as domestic violence, stalking, and abuse. For more information related to restraining order cases, see this page which contains relevant Broward cases.

Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)

A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) can be granted immediately without a hearing and without any notice to the opposing party.  A TRO usually expires within a few weeks because it is intended to last until a hearing can take place. Obtaining a TRO in Broward can be done quickly and is a simple process.

Important facts about restraining orders

  • Forms for obtaining a restraining order come with instructions and can be found at the Broward County Courthouse or sheriff’s office.
  • Once a restraining order is granted, it is important to report every violation, no matter how minor it may seem.
  • A copy of the restraining order should always be in your possession and a copy should be on file with the police in the area where you live.
  • You should protect your children by informing their school, teachers, babysitters, and neighbors about the restraining order.

Do I need an attorney?

Restraining orders can be very sensitive and serious in nature. It is best to speak with an experienced Broward County attorney to help you understand your rights and preserve any possible remedies you may have.