A former casual sex partner has filed a false criminal domestic violence harassment complaint stating that we were in a relationship and that I was harassing him via text message and posted an escort ad on line with his name and phone number on it ( we are both gay ) . I had to spend the night in jail and have retained a criminal defense attorney . 1 . What recourse do I have to protect myself and strike back in criminal court ? My attorney doesn't seem particularly zealous on this point . 2 . What should I do to protect myself and move first in civil court ? Can I get a restraining order in civil court contemporaneous to the criminal case ? Can I even initiate a civil complaint while the criminal case is ongoing ?