Texas Protective Orders Laws
In Texas, as in other states, protective orders are intended to protect individuals from abusive partners or others who may try to cause harm. Texas protective orders laws allow for both temporary (20 days maximum) and general (up to two years) protective orders, also referred to as "restraining orders." Violating a protective order can result in a jail sentence and/or fine.
Refer to the table below to learn about Texas protective order laws, or see Details on State Protective Order Laws for more general information.
|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 Repealed; now Family 71.001 et seq.|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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