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Louisiana Protective Orders Laws

Most of us don't mind a little extra attention from time to time. But what if you get unwanted attention from an ex or a stranger that starts to feel scary or dangerous? You may have heard of restraining orders but have been unsure of how they work. Fear not, here is a brief summary of protective orders laws in Louisiana.

Protective Orders Laws

A protective order is a court-certified document that prohibits the person named in the order from getting within a certain distance of the person seeking the order. If the named person violates the order he or she can be arrested and charged with a crime. Sometimes referred to as "restraining orders," protective orders are most often used in cases of domestic abuse, but can also be used to try to keep stalkers away.

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Code Section 46:2131 to 2142
Activity Addressed by Order Enjoin contact; exclude from dwelling, school, work; regarding minors: temporary custody, counseling; awarding use of property
Duration of Order Maximum 6 months, may be extended
Penalty for a Violation of Order Contempt of court: imprisonment maximum 6 months and/or fine, maximum $500
Who May Apply for Order Any parent; adult household member, parent or district attorney on behalf of minor or incompetent
Can Fees Be Waived? Paid by perpetrator
Order Transmission to Law Enforcement Copy of Uniform Abuse Protection Order to chief law enforcement official of parish where protected persons reside, by end of next business day after filing; Louisiana Protective Order Registry no later than next business day.
Civil Liability for Violation of Order Contempt of court

Louisiana takes domestic violence very seriously, and survivors of domestic abuse and those who feel threatened can use protection orders to shield themselves from further harassment and abuse. Maryland also has emergency protection orders, which can be put in place quickly so the threatened person has more time to request a more permanent order. Additionally, federal protection order law requires states to honor and enforce valid orders issued by other states.

Louisiana Protective Orders Laws: Related Resources

Obtaining and enforcing a protective order can be a legally and emotionally complex process. If you would like legal assistance with a protective order matter, you can contact a Louisiana domestic violence attorney. You can also visit FindLaw’s Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders section for more articles and resources on this topic.

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