I have just been served with a protective order from another state, and I am unable to get to the court date because it is in said state and I have no transportation.
If you don't appear in court when ordered, in most states that is a new crime of Failure To Appear, or some such terminology, which would generate a warrant in addition to a bond forfeiture if you are on bond which would also generate a warrant. Hire a lawyer in the jurisdiction where you are having problems. It is generally not hard to get around what you are describing unless you just elect not to participate. But that's what lawyers are for. Hire one and let them handle it for you. Use the Avvo 'find a lawyer' tab above. Good luck.
The protective order will be granted by default, and you will be bound by it. Failure to appear in the hearing should result in granting of a default judgment, not a warrant for arrest. You should contact the court and ask for it to be re-set or try to get counsel there to file for a continuance or to enter into an agreed temporary order.
Thomas J. Baker of Baker & Tisdale PLLC principally practices in the Central Texas area, including Bell, Coryell, McLennan, Milam and Williamson counties. The advice given here is not and ahould not be taken as a substitute for in-personal consultation with counsel, particularly where legal documents, such as court orders need to be reviewed. I am Board-Certified in Family Law but not in any other areas of practice.
Probably the protective order would be entered against you and maybe you will be ordered to pay attorney's fees and court cost, and depending on what they pled for child support.
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