Protection Orders versus Restraining Orders
Many people confuse restraining order and protection order or believe they are one in the same. While both are used to protect people, these orders are very different in how they are ordered and enforced.
As discussed herein, a party who feels unsafe can fill out a request for a protection order that will be reviewed by a judge and either granted or denied. If granted, the other party can request a hearing. This matter is a separate filing and has its own docket number. Violation of a protection order is a criminal act and law enforcement can arrest you upon a violation of its terms.
A party can request a restraining order be issued by the court in conjunction with other legal matters such as a divorce or other lawsuit. Restraining order can include ordering parties not to harass the other party, disturb their peace or disparage the other party. Violations of a restraining order can include being held in contempt of court but do not automatically trigger action by law enforcement.