Should I file for Temporary Protective Order?
The process of applying for a Temporary Protective Order ("TPO") can be overwhelming and emotional. A skilled attorney that practices in this area of law would be best suited to represent you. They will guide you so you know where to file the TPO and when.
Where do I file for a Temporary Protective Order?If it is a family member i.e. spouse, you are seeking protection from, you should be going to the Family Court located at 601 N. Pecos Rd. You need to obtain a TPO application, complete it under oath, and file the same. The request, if approved, is temporarily granted until a hearing is conducted for purposes of due process. If the request for protection is granted, said protection can last for up to a year. Before it expires, which is determined by the Judge, you must seek to renew it if you want the protection to continue.
When do I file for a Temporary Protective Order?You must either have been physically harmed, threatened with harm, or be in imminent fear you are about to be harmed by the Adverse Party. If an applicant cites an incident from months, or even years prior, it is not "imminent harm." Your argument in that event will more than likely fail. You must establish immediate threat of harm, or completed harm. Please note: if you have been harmed or feel you are about to be harmed, you should always call 911.