Civil Protection Orders
Have you been served? Call our Boise criminal lawyer!
Restraining orders, or "civil protection orders" as they are
known in Idaho, are serious legal actions with real consequences. Many
of these orders are crucial to protecting individuals, and often children,
from violent offenders. However, these orders are relatively easy to obtain
and can rob an individual of access to their life. Civil protection orders
most commonly occur in domestic violence, stalking, and divorce cases.
Here at Bublitz Law, P.C., we've handled enough criminal defenses cases
to know that these matters are highly emotional and often carry a stigma—not
only with the public, but even sometimes in the court itself. We can bring
award-winning counsel understanding to your case to make sure you retain
your rights during this difficult process.
How does a civil protection order work?
If you have been served a civil protection order (CPO), it is absolutely
crucial that you understand the boundaries of that order. While the order
itself can be unexpected and hurtful, attempts to contact the person who
filed against you can instantly turn in to criminal charges. Once a judge
approves a civil protection order, it can last anywhere from two weeks
to five years.
Below is the civil protection orders timeline:
- Initial filing of CPO is for a 14-day period
- After 14 days, the filer appears in court and the judge can approve 90 more days
- You will be ordered to appear for a hearing at the end of those 90 days
- Depending on the evidence, the judge can extend or cancel the CPO
It is extremely important to comply with the CPO best as you are able during
those initial 14-day and 90-day orders. If children are involved and not
named in order, it is possible to negotiate for custody and visitation,
but chances of success here plummet if the order is violated and criminal
What if I've already violated the CPO?
If you've been served a CPO and have violated its terms, then it is
considered a misdemeanor. If the filer is able to provide proof of the
order against you, then you, the respondent, can be arrested even without
Penalties for violation of civil protection order can include:
- Up to one year in jail
- A fine up to $5,000
If you feel that a restraining order or civil protection order has been
wrongly or unfairly issued to you, or that you believe you've unwittingly
violated a CPO, then we at Bublitz Law, P.C. want to hear your story.
Our Boise criminal defense lawyers have represented countless individuals
in the same shoes you're in and time and time again. We're listening
and we're ready to help you today. Fill out a
free case evaluation to get answers.