Protective orders are often misunderstood and are often shrugged off as unimportant. It might be thought that because it is not a criminal charge, it is no big deal. Wrong! A protective order can be a huge deal. It is a powerful tool that prosecutors and private attorneys can wield to restrict a person's constitutional rights. A full understanding of what a protective order is, and how to respond when faced with the possibility of having one against you, is extremely important.