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Clarification is key to avoiding protection order violations

Many people in Arizona currently face challenges regarding various types of protection orders filed against them. If an incident erupted that led to police coming to your home and arresting you, the court may have already issued an emergency protection order on a short-term basis. The court has several options in place to coincide with different situations that include the ability to change an order, add further restrictions to an existing one or issue a new one altogether.

Protection order basics

Authorities are obligated to act in such ways so as not to violate your Constitutional rights. At the same time, it is never okay to physically or emotionally abuse someone. Every state has its own laws regarding protection orders. The following is a list of the most common provisions included in a basic order of protection:

· Restriction of physical distance: This specifies a distance the restricted party must keep away from the protected party. It might be several hundred yards or many miles, depending on the severity of a particular situation.

· No contact allowed: While some protection orders merely restrict physical distance, others include provisions to prohibit any type of contact, including text messages, emails or phone calls.

· Peaceful contact: This type of provision allows some contact, so long as it is peaceful communication for an approved purpose -- for instance, if you needed to speak with your former spouse regarding transferring your children for visitation.

· Removal from premises: If you've been told by authorities you need to permanently leave your house, it might have something to do with a move-out provision in a protection order.

Domestic violence is a highly emotionally charged topic that affects many lives, not only in Arizona, but throughout the United States. Navigating the criminal justice system can be challenging at best, and utterly overwhelming at its worst. Most often, those who face charges also suffer social stigma and other challenges related to their allegations.

A protection order can't control your actions, but it is legally enforceable if the court deems you have violated a restriction. It is always best to clarify the terms and provisions of an existing order if you have questions regarding a particular aspect. Many have found it very helpful to rely on support from experienced attorneys who understand the laws that govern such matters and can act as personal advocates to address any problems that arise pertaining to protection orders or other related issues.

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