Civil Harassment Restraining Order



Can you assist me in obtaining a Civil Harassment Restraining Order?

Yes. We will listen to you, prepare the needed forms, and give you step-by-step instructions on how to proceed. Full representation is offered in Tulare, Kings, and Tulare Counties.

What is a Civil Harassment Restraining Order?

It is a court order that helps protect people from harassment. Civil Harassment Restraining Orders are different from Family Law Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in that the person harassing is not some one who you have dated or to whom you are closely related. A person may seek protection if you are worried about your safety because someone with whom you do not have an intimate or familial relationship with, such as a neighbor or roommate, has stalked you, harassed you, threatened you, physically assaulted you, or sexually assaulted you.

When should I seek a Domestic Violence Restraining Order?

If you want protection from someone you are dating (or used to date), you are married to (or were married to), you are closely related to (like a parent, child, brother or sister, grandparent, or grandchild), you have a child with or have dated or had a romantic relationship with: the person you want protection from, or if you are closely related to that person, you will need to file a Domestic Violence Restraining Order

Do I have to pay filing fees and Sheriff service fees for a Civil Harassment Restraining Order?

If the restrained person has used or threatened to use violence against you, you will not have to pay a filing fee. If you cannot afford to pay filing fees, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. If the order is based on prior acts of violence , a credible threat of violence, or stalking, you are entitled to free service of the order by a sheriff. You may also get free service if you received a fee waiver. Otherwise, you will pay fees.

How long does it take to get a Civil Harassment Restraining Order?

If you ask for a temporary restraining order, the court should decide within 24 hours whether or not to make a temporary order; in either case, the clerk will set a date for a hearing.

How long does a Civil Harassment Rstraining Order last?

It could last up to 3 years.

After I get a Civil Harassment Restraining Order, what do I do?

The order will need to be served on the restrained person(s), by someone over 18, other than you. If the order is violated, you will call the police.