Tennessee Orders of Protection Attorneys

At Baker Associates, our family law attorneys have helped many clients with protection orders.  The order of protection process can be a frightening experience for both the Petitioner and Respondent.  An order of protection is a civil order signed by a judge that restricts someone from hurting or scaring another person.  It provides legal protection for victims of sexual assault, stalking, and domestic abuse.

Who May Obtain an Order of Protection? 

If the basis of the order of protection is domestic abuse, Tennessee law requires that the Petitioner have some sort of special relationship with the Respondent.  In these types of cases, the Petitioner and Respondent must be:

If the basis of the order of protection is sexual assault or stalking, the status of the relationship between the Petitioner and Respondent does not matter.  Both men and women may be eligible for an order of protection.  Minors can get an order of protection, but there are some special rules.

Orders of Protection Consequences

If someone is attempting to take out an order of protection against you, contacting one of the attorneys at our Tennessee offices is an important first step in protecting your rights.  An order of protection, if granted, can have serious consequences.  An order of protection could include the following:

Order of Protection Durations

Typically, an order of protection can last up to one year, although the Petitioner can ask for the order to be extended beyond one year.  The court may extend the order of protection up to five years if the Respondent is found to be in violation of the order of protection.  The court may extend the order of protection up to ten years if the respondent is found to be in a second or subsequent violation of the order of protection. 

Order of Protection Violations

It is important to realize that the terms of the order of protection cannot be changed by agreement of the parties.  Only the court can change the order of protection once the order goes into effect.  If the Respondent violates the order of protection, he or she could face additional consequences.  A violation of the order of protection by the Respondent could constitute contempt of court, and potential penalties include up to ten days in jail and a fifty-dollar fine for each violation.  It is further considered a Class A misdemeanor if a person knowingly violates an order of protection.  Class A misdemeanors in the state of Tennessee are generally punishable with up to eleven months and twenty-nine days in jail and/or a $2,500.00 fine.  The Respondent is further subject to prosecution for aggravated assault, a class C felony, if he or she violates the order under certain circumstances.  Contact one of our attorneys if you have been charged with violating an order of protection. 

Contact the Family Law Attorneys at Baker Associates

Contact one of our Knoxville family law attorneys if you or someone you know needs help with a protection order. Our family law attorneys serving the Knoxville, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge areas can be contacted online or toll-free at (866) 853-2888.  Contact Baker Associates today  to schedule a free consultation.

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Knox County
2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Sevier County
121 Court Avenue
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
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Washington County
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Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Knoxville Order of Protection Attorney Disclaimer: The order of protection, protection order, family law, or other legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case. Please contact an attorney at our law firm. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Tennessee.

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