Texas Protective Orders Laws
|Code Section||Family 71.01, et seq. Repealed; now Family 71.001 et seq.|
|Activity Addressed by Order||Enjoin contact; exclude from dwelling, employment, school; regarding minors: enjoin contact, temporary custody, support; counseling; reasonable court costs and attorney fees; suspension of firearm license|
|Duration of Order||Temporary: maximum 20 days, may be extended; General: maximum 2 yrs.|
|Penalty for a Violation of Order||Fine, maximum $4,000 and/or jail, maximum 1 year. If family violence occurs, can be prosecuted for a misdemeanor or felony, carry jail minimum 2 years. Temporary: maximum $500 fine or maximum 6 months jail, or both|
|Who May Apply for Order||Adult member of family; prosecuting attorney; department of protective and regulatory services|
|Can Fees Be Waived?||Yes; fees paid by respondent|
|Order Transmission to Law Enforcement||Copy to chief of police where protected resides and to department of public safety|
|Civil Liability for Violation of Order||Yes, contempt of court|
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