Courts in Nevada issue orders of protection that prohibit offenders from visiting or contacting victims. Protection orders (frequently referred to as restraining orders) may also impose other types of restrictions on offenders.
While orders of protection are commonly issued in cases of domestic violence, there are several other types of restraining orders issued in Clark County that can dramatically impact the rights of offenders. It is not uncommon for alleged victims to use exaggerated or flat-out false claims when applying for restraining orders in order to gain leverage in contentious divorce or child custody matters, but alleged offenders need to make sure that they present the best cases possible in defending themselves during hearings for extended orders of protection.
Have you been served with an order of protection in Nevada? It is in your best interest to have legal representation at your hearing for help protecting your rights.
Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Jaeger of The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger represents clients in Henderson, North Las Vegas, and surrounding communities in Clark County. Call (702) 816-3888 right now to have Jeffrey review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free initial consultation.
Protection Orders Against Domestic Violence are issued by the Family Division of the Clark County District Court. Some of the other orders of protection that can be issued through the Las Vegas Justice Court include:
Victims need to apply for orders of protection. If a victim is less than 18 years of age, then an adult needs to apply for the order on the minor’s behalf.
A judge will review the application and either sign a Temporary Protection Order (TPO), deny the order, or schedule a hearing to decide whether an order should be granted. TPOs typically last 30 days from the date they are served to offenders.
If victims want to have restraining orders last for more than 30 days, they must file applications for extended protection orders before the TPOs have expired. Unlike TPOs that may be issued without an offender (also called the adverse party) being present, extended protection orders cannot be issued without hearings at which offenders have the opportunity to present their cases.
A restraining order can prohibit an offender from contacting an victim or entering the victim’s home, school, business, or place of employment. A violation of a TPO is a misdemeanor offense, but a violation of the terms of an extended protection order may be a felony.
At a protection order hearing, both the alleged victim and the alleged offender will have the opportunity to present their cases to a judge. Both parties are allowed to bring witnesses and question or cross-examine the other party.
Judges will usually make an immediate decision whether to grant the restraining order. If a judge grants an order of protection, the victim still has three legal remedies. Victims may file:
Protective order hearings should not be disregarded. Offenders who have orders of protection entered against them can be subject to a wide variety of penalties that may include, but are not limited to:
Overview of the Protection Order Process — On this section of the Clark County Courts website, you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about restraining orders. You can learn how long orders last, what the penalties are for violating orders, and download forms relating to protection orders. A table at the bottom of the page also compares the different types of protection orders with links available for additional information on each.
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Nevada Protection Order Handbook — This guide provides additional information about protection orders, including what the different types are and what they do. You can also learn what the legal definitions are for certain terms and rights to confidentiality. You can also find various community resources for victims.
If you have been served a Protection Order Against Domestic Violence or any other kind of restraining order, you have the right to represent yourself at a hearing—but having legal counsel will improve your chances of getting the most favorable outcome. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger helps clients modify or dissolve these orders so they are not at risk of being criminally charged with violating protective orders.
Jeffrey Jaeger is a criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas who serves communities throughout Clark County. He can evaluate your case as soon as you call (702) 816-3888 or fill out an online contact form for a free, confidential consultation.
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