Civil Protection Orders
Civil Protection Order in Washington, D.C.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual abuse, you can take action to prevent further harm by filing for a Civil Protection Order (CPO).
What Is a Civil Protection Order?
Civil Protection Orders is a court order designed to provide you with long-term protection from an abuser. It orders the individual to stay away from you, not contact you, and provides other relief you need to be safe.
CPOs can last up to one year, and must be signed by a judge.
Who Can Get a Civil Protection Order?
You can get a Civil Protection Order in Washington, D.C., if you have been hurt, sexually assaulted, threatened, stalked, or had property destroyed by someone to whom you are related by:
- Domestic partnership
- Have a child in common
- Share or have shared a common home
- Have or previously have had a dating relationship
- Your current domestic partner has had one of the above relationship with someone
You are encouraged to apply for a CPO as soon as possible after violence or harm happens, but you can get one up to two years after an incident.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Get a Civil Protection Order?
The process for applying for and obtaining a CPO can be confusing and time-consuming, especially during a difficult and frightening time. While you can apply for a CPO on your own, having an experienced attorney to guide you through the paperwork and court hearings process ensures that everything is in order.
Attorney Carlos Lopez has assisted dozens of clients with obtaining CPOs in Washington, D.C. He knows what it takes to help you get the protection you deserve.