What is a Temporary Protection Order

A temporary protection order (TPO) is issued by a Judge in DC Superior Court after the Petitioner makes an allegation of domestic violence. You the respondent will not be at that hearing. You must be served with the Petition. Also referred to as a restraining order.

Served with a Temporary Protective Order - We can help

Lawyers representing at civil protection order hearings in Washington, DC and Maryland

A civil protection order (CPO) the District of Columbia is a court order that says you must stay away from another individual for a period of one year. It is also referred to as a restraining order. At Rollins and Chan Law Firm we aggressively. defend or pursue civil protection orders in the District of Columbia. Below is the process.

First – Served with Temporary Protection Order?

A temporary protection order (TPO) is issued by a Judge in DC Superior Court after the Petitioner makes an allegation of domestic violence. You the respondent will not be at that hearing. You must be served with the Petition. Also referred to as a restraining order.

What is a final hearing?

A civil protection order or final order is issued by a judge after one of the following happens:

1. there is a court hearing where you and your accuser appear and present evidence to the judge. (The standard of proof is preponderance of the evidence)

2. You consent with admissions

3. You consent without admissions

4. You reach a civil agreement to dismiss the case.

What is the Consequences of a Civil Protection Order

Other Consequences of a Civil Protection Order in the District of Columbia. Although a civil protection order is civil in nature, it may have criminal cCivil Protection Order DConsequences.

For example, if the respondent is on probation or parole, allegations contained in the petition if proven in an evidentiary hearing have criminal elements to it, it may impact the respondent’s probation / parole status. In addition, such an order is relevant in any future custody case. In the District of Columbia, there is a presumption of joint custody. It is presumed that both parents are fit and capable of assuming custody of any minor children. However, if there is a Civil Protection Order entered against one party, the presumption is rebutted. That means the respondent will never stand equal footing with the Petitioner relating to the custody of the children. If the Civil Protection Order was consented to, this presumption is not rebutted. The respondent maintains his ability to seek joint and legal custody of the children.

Do I Need an Attorney for CPO hearing?

The consequences of a civil protection order against you can have implications such as ability to own a firearm. It can have consequences for professional licenses and job implications.
Do you have the ability to draft a civil agreement. One of the alternatives we seek is a civil agreement between the parties. Putting the right language in the civil agreement is something an experienced civil protection lawyer can do.
Do you have the ability to try a case? Have you ever tried a case? Most people have seen law and order - this is not law order. Advocating for oneself in a courtroom is not as an easy as it sounds.

How much does a Lawyer Cost for a CPO hearing?

We consider ourselves some of the most efficient lawyers in the DC metropolitan area. We pride ourselves on some of the lowest fees for legal services. In fact, all of our civil protection order cases are flat fees because we know clients do not want to be charged for every text messages and every conversation.