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While technology has made it easier to stay connected to the
people you love, it also opens you up to unwanted contact. With social media,
texting, and chat apps, an abuser or stalker can get information on their
victims, use fake profiles to sidestep blocks, and otherwise violate a victim’s
privacy. If you’re at risk of harm, getting a restraining order in Colorado could give you some
peace and protection.

What is a
Protective Order?

In
Colorado, protective orders aim to prevent defendants from harassing,
intimidating, tampering with, or retaliating against the other named parties in
the order. A basic order without any additional conditions or stipulations may
allow defendants to remain in contact with the protected person.

How Judges
Protect Victims With Additional Conditions

It’s crucial to convey your wishes and concerns to your domestic violence attorney in Colorado. Judges
can place additional restrictions in a restraining order to keep victims safe.
Your attorney can advocate on your behalf and present evidence to the judge
that demonstrates the need for a more restrictive restraining order. Judges may
forbid defendants from contacting the named party, the victim’s children, and
their family members. A judge can also require that a defendant stay away from
specific locations, including the victim’s home and workplace. The goal of the
court is to prevent victims from future harm, so don’t be afraid to ask for
conditions that make you feel safe.

Staying
Safe With a Protective Order

After a judge awards a restraining order, it’s important to know
exactly what the order says. This ensures that you know when the other party oversteps
their bounds and violates the order. If the named party violates the
restraining order, you must immediately notify your attorney. While some
victims feel that this is excessive, failing to notify the court or your
attorney may send the message to the other party that their behavior is
acceptable. This may limit the effectiveness of the restraining order and lead
to increased contact.

If the defendant tries to contact you in any way, attempts to
circumvent the order by reaching out to your family members or friends, or
otherwise indicates that they don’t plan on honoring the order, let your
attorney know.

You should also note that the protective order is the will of
the judge. This means that you can’t decide to write off certain parts of the
order or ignore restrictions. Even if you say that contact is okay, a person
who goes against the specific wording of the restraining order is still in
violation of the order. If some provisions become unnecessary, you can contact
the judge and ask for a revision of the order. Your attorney can also help you
with this.

Let Us Help You
Get the Protection You Need

When a situation escalates to the point of needing a restraining order, it’s important to turn to an expert you can trust. Get a free consultation by contacting Kinnaird Law at (719) 520-0003.

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