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Get A Domestic Violence Or Harassment Protective Order In Minnesota

Minnesota law allows for three types of protective orders – a Harassment Restraining Order (HRO), an Order for Protection (OFP), and a Domestic Assault No Contact Order (DANCO). It is important to know that an experienced family law attorney can help you through the process of getting a protection order or contesting one.

Harassment Restraining Order

A Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) is a court order prohibiting the harassment of yourself or your children by any individual who has engaged in harassing behavior. Harassment is defined as one or more instances of sexual assault, stalking, non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images, nonconsensual distributing of private information, or repeated words or actions that intrude on someone, that the person does not want, and that adversely affect their safety, security or privacy.

To grant an HRO, the court must find that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the accused party has engaged in harassment. The person filing the HRO must claim an immediate and present danger of future harassment. An HRO can cover a wide range of conduct and can stipulate that the harasser must stop committing the harassing actions, limit or avoid contact with the target of their harassment, and stay away from the home or job site of the targeted person.

Order For Protection

An Order For Protection (OFP) deals specifically with domestic violence which means physical harm, bodily injury, fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault or terroristic threats, criminal sexual conduct, or interference with an emergency call. An OFP may be granted on behalf of an individual and/or their children against a family or household member.  An OFP can be granted on an emergency “ex parte” basis, meaning the individual can be protected before a hearing is held.

With an OFP, a court can order the abuser to cease causing further harm to the victim, place limitations on contact with the victim, award possession of a residence, exclude the abuser from the victim’s place of employment and order counseling or treatment for the abuser. In the case of families with children, the Court can also award temporary custody, parenting time, child support and spousal support to last until the parties are able to get into family court on those issues.

Domestic Abuse No Contact Order

A Domestic Abuse No Contact Order (DANCO) is governed by criminal statute. A DANCO is distinguished from an OFP or HRO as it arises as a result of a criminal charge. A DANCO is normally ordered by the court in a criminal proceeding or juvenile court proceeding stemming from domestic abuse, harassment or stalking of a family or household member, or from a violation of an OFP.

A DANCO is generally put in place until the criminal case is resolved or as a condition of probation after sentencing. A DANCO cannot be removed prior to the resolution of the criminal case without the permission of the Court.

Getting Help With Protection Orders

HROs, OFPs and DANCOs are court orders that can have significant consequences for both of the parties involved. It is essential to have an experienced family law attorney familiar with these remedies if you need a protective order or are subject to one. Contact our attorneys today to discuss how we can assist you with the protection order process in Minnesota.

Messick Law, PLLC, has handled many different protection orders, from HROs and OFPs to DANCOs. They have years of experience as litigators, are AV Rated and have been recognized as Rising Stars by SuperLawyers.com. Get to know our attorneys; better yet, schedule a consultation with one of them at Messick Law, PLLC, today. Call 651-505-2655 or 507-321-4283 or send an email inquiry.