Defending a Protective Order in Utah
Have you been served with a protective order in Utah? You are not alone. Every year, thousands of protective orders are filed in Salt Lake City, Provo, and throughout the state. Some protective orders are justified others are filed simply out of spite for the other person. Many others are used as a tool to gain an advantage in a custody dispute or other family law matter. Some restraining orders in Utah are pursued as a means to simply harass the respondent. Whether the action taken against you is justified or not, you need an experienced Salt Lake City defense attorney to represent you in the process. At Salcido Law Firm, our team of protective order defense lawyers has successfully defended many individuals facing these cases.
Utah Protective Order Forms and the Process
If you have been served with a restraining/protective order, you must follow the commands of the forms until you have your day in court and the Judge either dismisses the action or otherwise resolves the case. When an individual files for protection in Utah, they will usually obtain a temporary protective order (Ex Parte) against the respondent very quickly from the court. The Respondent is then served with the temporary protective order, a request for a permanent protective order, and a notice of hearing.
The Court Hearing and Pleading Your Case
At the hearing, the judge will decide whether or not the petitioner has been physically abused or has been threatened with physical abuse by the Respondent. It is especially important to have an attorney with you at the court hearing to properly plead your case and give you the best chance of successfully resolving the matter. Some people choose to represent themself in a protective order hearing. However it is unwise to do so if you are unfamiliar with the process. You are always better off with an advocate on your side that understands the process, the court, and knows how to put forth your best defense. We often provide clients with an affordable fixed fee option for their case. Most people can afford to get us on their defense so there is really no reason for you to represent yourself.
The Potential Consequences
A protective order is something that will show up on most backgrounds checks. It is quasi criminal and civil in nature. This means that if a permanent protective order is entered against you, you may not be eligible for certain state licenses such as a concealed weapons permit and you may not be able to purchase firearms. There are other means by which an order of this type may come back to haunt you.
Violating a Protective Order
Violating a protective order in Utah is a Class A misdemeanor and can result in jail time and other penalties. If a protective order is filed against you, it is important to understand the specific terms from the court so that you do not violate it without knowing. Many individuals violate these terms without even realizing it only to later find out they have been charged with a crime as a result.
Let’s Get Started on Your Defense Today!
If you or someone you know is facing a protective order, do not delay. Call us today at 801.413.753 to get started on your defense. We look forward to representing you in the process. We will be committed and work towards the best possible resolution. We offer FREE consultations and payment plans in many cases. Get us on your side and Get Protected!