The Consequences Of Stalking And FAPA Restraining Orders
Although technically civil cases, FAPA (Family Abuse Protection Act) restraining orders and stalking orders can have serious and long-lasting collateral consequences. If you are involved in an ongoing divorce or child custody proceeding, a restraining order or stalking order will make it incredibly difficult to get the court to see you in a positive light. You may also lose your gun rights, be restrained from going to your child’s school or be permanently branded as a “stalker” or “abuser.” Even if the stalking or restraining order is based on a misunderstanding, it can have serious long-term consequences on your rights and freedom.
Understanding Stalking And FAPA Restraining Orders
In Oregon, stalking is defined as someone knowingly making repeated, unwanted contact with another person from their family or household to coerce or intimidate them, resulting in the “stalked” person having a reasonable fear for their personal safety. If you are accused of stalking, a restraining order will be issued and violation of the restraining order can result in a Class C felony. A FAPA restraining order can be filed by a romantic partner or a family member. Violating a FAPA restraining order can result in both civil and criminal penalties, including jail time, fines and other penalties at the discretion of the court.
Contact Randall Snow Law Today
You can contest a restraining order, but it is difficult to get a restraining order dropped without the help of an experienced attorney. Strict timelines apply to stalking and restraining orders, and any delay in obtaining counsel can seriously lessen your chance of success. To set up a free initial consultation to discuss your situation, call 503-928-8526 or fill out my online contact form.