What a protective order can and can no do in Virginia
A protective order is usually issued by a magistrate judge.
It must be based on an accusation of real fear of harm to a person or property. The magistrate judges protective order is temporary. The person accused will be given a hearing in court to contest the protective order from continuing for up to two years.
A protective order has wide applications.
It includes harassment in person but also by telephone or text or email. It also forbids getting other people to do the harassment. You can not get someone else to do what the order forbids you to do. It is however a one way street. A protective order only applies to the person ordered not to harass. It does not apply to the victim making contact. Although the is not a good idea.
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Virginia Code 19.2-152.10 and for families 16.1-279.1
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