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Understanding a domestic violence protection order

On Behalf of | May 24, 2021 | Domestic Violence |

If your partner or another family member accuses you of domestic violence, he or she may request a protection order. Following the terms of this order can help you avoid further charges.

Review the details of domestic violence protection orders in Nebraska if you face this type of situation with a spouse or household member.

Actions that result in a protection order

The court will issue a domestic abuse protection order if a romantic partner or close family member accuses you of committing, attempting or threatening:

  • Nonconsensual sexual penetration or contact
  • Intimidation
  • Bodily injury

The person can also seek a harassment protection order to shield against threatening or repeated phone or electronic contact.

Terms of a protection order

When you receive a protection order from a sheriff or deputy, you have the right to request a hearing. At this session, the judge will hear from both parties and can decide to dismiss or extend the protection order. If the person who accused you does not appear, the court usually dismisses the case.

When the court grants a protection order, it will remain in effect for one year. If you have children with the person who obtained the protection order, he or she can also request temporary child custody. The court can grant this request for up to 90 days pending a hearing in your custody case.

You have the right to legal representation if you are the subject of a domestic violence protection order. If the judge confirms the order, you can receive jail time for failing to abide by its terms.