If you have read our previous posts on Tennessee protective orders, you understand the type of restrictions that accompany these orders and the consequences respondents face should they disregard this court order.
Law enforcement and judges take a hard line when handling domestic violence cases and enforcing protective orders. As a result, it is crucial to respond to this order in a lawful manner to avoid long-term repercussions. You have a right to defend yourself against these allegations, but you will need to take the appropriate steps to do so.
Follow these guidelines to lawfully fight a protective order
1. Read the order to review the charges and learn when the hearing is scheduled.
2. Prepare for the hearing by collecting relevant information that can be used to defend against the charges and identify inconsistencies in the charges. You can also ask witnesses to testify on your behalf in the hearing.
3. Comply with the terms of the order before your hearing. Ignoring or disobeying these terms can add to the legal issues you are facing.
4. Arrive at the courthouse on time and ready to present your case. If you do not appear at the time specified in your order or do not present your evidence, the judge will not hear your side of the story.
5. Consult with an attorney to learn your options. A knowledgeable lawyer can help you design a strategy to address the charges.
Whether a temporary protective order (TPO) or an extended protective order (EPO) has been issued against you, the stakes are high. It is important that you take appropriate action to try to minimize the effect of the protective order on your life and, when applicable, your relationship with your children.