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Colorado Protective Orders Laws

Even the relationships with the best beginnings can have unhappy endings. And if a relationship that was on the rocks has turned from just unhappy to possibly dangerous, you may be wondering if the Rocky Mountain State has laws in place to keep you safe. The short answer is yes. Here is a brief summary of protective orders laws in Colorado.

Protective Orders Laws

More commonly referred to as "restraining orders," protective orders are legally enforceable documents whereby the court orders the person named in the document to stay a certain distance away from the person seeking the protection. Some protective orders can have further restrictions regarding gun ownership. While protective orders are most often used to protect abused spouses and exes, they may also be used to protect children and keep stalkers away.

Code Section

COLO. REV. STAT. §13-14-101, et seq.: Civil Protection Orders

COLO. REV. STAT. §14-4-105: Violations of Orders

COLO. REV. STAT. §18-6-803.5: Crime of Violation of a Protection Order

Activity Addressed by Order

Enjoin contact; exclude party from dwelling or dwelling of another; regarding minor child: temporary custody; Emergency order: restrain from threatening, molesting, injuring, or contacting another or minor children of either; excluding from dwelling, if minor child, temporary custody

Duration of Order

Emergency: maximum close of business on 3rd day following issue, unless continued

Penalty for a Violation of Order

Class 2 misdemeanor unless prior conviction under § or other restraining order: Class 1 misdemeanor

Who May Apply for Order


Can Fees Be Waived?


Order Transmission to Law Enforcement

Law enforcement agency with jurisdiction to enforce the order

Civil Liability for Violation of Order

Contempt of court

While protection orders and harassment restraining orders cannot prevent every harmful scenario, they can provide a victim of domestic violence with some criminal recourse if an abuser violates an order. In addition to standard protective orders, Colorado has temporary custody and temporary restraining orders, which can be obtained in emergency situations to give the threatened person more time to request a longer-term order. Additionally, if you have a valid protection order issued by another state, federal protection order law mandates that Colorado and other states honor and enforce that order.

Colorado Protective Orders Laws: Related Resources

Obtaining and enforcing protective orders can be a scary and confusing process. If you would like legal assistance with a domestic violence or protective order matter, you can contact a Colorado domestic violence attorney. You can also visit FindLaw’s Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders section for more articles and information on this topic.

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