Process of TPO
A temporary protective order is a 45-day long order issued by a Nevada court with the purpose of protecting a person from another person. The order can be used to protect against domestic violence, harassment or stalking, workplace harassment, sexual assault or child abuse. The defense lawyers of Reno’s Carlson & Work can assist in the TPO process. Anyone can apply for a temporary protective order by completing the following steps.
- Fill Out and File the TPO Forms
The first step to getting a TPO is to fill out the required Reno court forms and file them through the courthouse. The following forms must be completed:
- Confidential information sheet
- Application for a protection order
- Civil instruction sheet
- UCCJEA declaration
In order to complete the forms, you will need the victims’ names and contact information, the adverse party’s name and contact information, and the reason a restraining order is needed. An experienced defense attorney can help you articulate a valid explanation for why your restraining order is necessary.
- Wait for the Judge to Review the Forms and Make a Decision
A Reno judge will review your forms and make a decision on whether a temporary protective order is necessary. The judge will either grant, deny, or set a hearing on the issue.
- Grant: When the judge grants your application for a protection order, the temporary protective order is issued, and it must be personally served to the adverse party.
- Deny: When the judge denies your application for a protection order, no temporary protective order is issued. The applicant can still reapply for a protective order in the future.
- Hearing: When a judge sets a hearing on the issue, you and the adverse party will be notified of the hearing date and time. In the hearing, the court will hear from both you and the adverse party. At the end of the hearing, the judge will either grant or deny your application for a protective order.
- Notify the Adverse Party
When a temporary protective order is granted, the adverse party must be personally served with a copy of your application and the temporary protective order. Upon being served, the adverse party has the right to contest the temporary protective order by filing a motion through the court.
- Ask for an Extension Hearing
A temporary protective order can be extended beyond its 45-day length, but you must request to extend the order and attend a hearing for the request. A temporary protective order can be extended up to 2 years.
If you believe that you need a temporary protective order, contact the defense lawyers of Carlson & Work. Our skilled defense attorneys can guide you through the TPO process. Call Carlson & Work of Reno, Nevada today at 775-386-2226.