Written by attorney Elizabeth M. Sexton-Drake

Tips for Protection Orders in Colorado: Restrained Party or Protected Party?

Protection orders get confusing fast and not knowing the status of the protection order you are involved with can lead to serious consequences. Do not assume or guess when it comes to your protection order no matter which side of the order you stand.

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If you have any question about what a provision on the protection order means and you do not have an attorney (in the case of victims of a crime you have a victim advocate and, while the prosecutor is not your attorney, they can answer your questions), you should ask the judge to clarify. For the restrained party, knowing now rather than after you are charged with the crime of violation of protection order is important. For the protected party, knowing when and where this protection is in place (or is not protecting you) is an important part of your safety plan.

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