Getting a Protection Order in Maine
In Maine, victims of domestic violence can seek both short-term and long-term protection orders against their alleged abusers. These laws were put in place in order to protect anyone who fears for their safety or the safety of their children. These are referred to as orders for protection. There are two types of orders, protection from abuse orders and protection from harassment orders. The procedures for obtaining either type of order are a bit different but both work to protect victims from harm. An order can be sought by alleged victims of any of the following domestic violence crimes:
- Domestic abuse
- Dating abuse
- Sexual assault
Victims may seek a short-term protection order in emergency situations and may then have a hearing to determine whether or not a long-term protection order is also needed. During this hearing, the person accused will also be given a chance to defend themselves and ask to have the order modified or terminated. If you are seeking an order or protection in Maine, contact a family law attorney right away to help you begin the process.
Types of Protection Orders
Protection orders are created to keep families safe from abuse and harassment. There are two types of protection orders that victims of domestic violence in Maine can apply for. Either of these orders can be applied for by any adult or by a representative or legal guardian of a child.
- Protection from Abuse (PS) Order: This type of order works to protect individuals and their children from abuse by a "family or household member". When a person is afraid that a family member could cause physical harm to them or their loved ones, a protection from abuse order can be requested. According to section §4001 of Maine law, the purpose of this order is to recognize domestic abuse as a serious crime that can escalate, protect family and household members from this abuse, enforce domestic violence laws and prevent further instances of abuse.
- Protection from Harassment (PH) Order: This type of order protects people and children or businesses from harassment by an individual. A PH order does not have to involve a family or household member. According to Maine law, section §4651 harassment is defined as at least 3 acts of “intimidation, confrontation, physical force or the threat of physical force” that are intended to cause fear or harm to a person, family or business or committing a single act of violence against a victim.
Call a Maine Family Attorney For Assistance
Being involved in a domestic violence or harassment situation can be very frightening and overwhelming. An attorney can help you make informed decisions and get the assistance you need as quickly as possible. If you are considering a protection order or would like to know more about your options, contact WTB Law and speak to a domestic violence lawyer who will answer all of your questions. Call us now to get started.