A restraining order issued in California can be enforced anywhere in the United States. A restraining order issued out-of-state is valid in California and should be registered with a California court so that it can be used in other court proceedings.
Once the court issues a restraining order, the order is entered into a statewide computer system known as the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) that can be accessed by all law enforcement officers.
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A restraining order can be either one or more of the following: a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO), a civil harassment restraining order (CV), a criminal restraining order (CRO), an emergency protective order (EPO), or an elder or adult dependent restraining order.
Domestic Violence Orders
This type of order is issued to protect a party who is in a close relationship with another who has become abusive. The protected party must have suffered abuse or have been threatened with abuse. The abuse or threat must be from someone who is in a close relationship with the protected party. Examples include spouses, former spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, and family relatives.
Civil Harassment Orders
This type of order is issued to protect one party from violence, stalking, serious harassment, or threats of violence. The protected party must have suffered some sort of violence or a threat of violence from another party. Examples include neighbors, roommates, coworkers, or distant family members.
Elder or Adult Dependent Orders
This type of order is issued to protect a person who either over the age of 65 or, is a younger adult dependent. The protected party must have suffered some sort of violence or a threat of violence from another party. Examples include neighbors, roommates, coworkers, or distant family members.
Emergency Protective Orders
This type of order is issued when a law enforcement officer makes a request to a judge. The emergency protective order takes effect immediately and can last up to 7 days. This often occurs when a police officers respond to a call for domestic violence. The judge can order the abusive person to leave the home and stay away from the victim and any children.
This initial order is issued when a person makes a court appearance requesting temporary orders. The temporary orders remain in effect until a court hearing at which time a judge will decide whether or not to issue permanent orders.
This final order is issued when you appear in court for temporary orders. The judge can issue an order that will restrain the abuser for up to 5 years. Upon termination, the protected person can make a request for a new orders.
Criminal Protective Orders
A criminal protective order is requested by the District Attorney who is filing criminal charges against a defendant.
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