Generally at the first hearing there will be a protective order issued. This emergency protective order usually will last for 10 days and may be referred to as a “cooling off period.” In some circumstances, those restraining orders can be modified or lowered to a non-molestation order. This means that the accused can be around the alleged victim, but can’t yell, threaten, or strike them.

Especially if the two individuals live together and feel that domestic violence charges should not have been filed, having the TRO reduced to a non-molestation order makes life easier for everyone. If you would like to avoid a TRO, we will do everything possible to present your case in the best possible light so that you and your loved one can continue to live together.