Protective Orders – Learn Your Rights
The Law Office of Laura L. Davenport has extensive experience in obtaining and defending against protective orders. She can explain the intricacies of the various forms of protective orders and can best advise you as to what steps to take in pursuing or defending against the issuance of a protective order throughout Lafayette, Louisiana and the surrounding Acadiana area.
What You Should Know
Protective orders are designed to protect you and your loved ones from physical or sexual injury caused by unwanted attacks or threats. While there are numerous types of protective orders, each designed to address specific situations and different levels of abuse, the most common protective orders are designed to keep you and your loved ones safe by establishing temporary custody and prohibiting your abuser from:
- Harming or Threatening to harm you or your loved ones
- Harming, threatening or interfering with your children
- Coming within a specified distance from your home, place of employment or school
- Destroying, hiding, or selling certain property
- Remaining in a residence
- Threatening or abusing a pet
When you file for certain protective orders, you can also request a temporary restraining order (TRO). If the court grants you a TRO, the judge may immediately sign a Uniform Abuse Prevention Order form, and forward it to the clerk of court for filing. Then, the clerk of the issuing court will transmit this Uniform Abuse Prevention Order to the Louisiana Protective Order Registry (LPOR).
Once the TRO is issued, the abuser is notified that an order has been issued against him or her. The court will set a hearing date wherein both parties can present testimony and evidence.