A Protective Order is a civil court order intended to provide protection from physical or sexual harm caused by force or threat of harm from a family or household member, including a dating partner. The order may state that your abuser cannot come within 100 yards of you, and may not have any communication with you including phone conversations, emails, text messages, or third party contact. The judge can also order that your abuser cannot go to your workplace. In order to qualify for a protective order there must be a relationship between you and your abuser such as a spouse, family member, or someone you’ve dated.
A temporary protective order can last up to thirty days. The judge will set a court date at which time you and your abuser will go before the judge. At this time, the judge will decide whether or not to grant you a permanent protective order, which can last up to 18 months. During the time the protective order is active, if the abuser violates the order, he/she can be arrested.
In order for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office to know that a violation has occurred, you must contact us to let us know.
To obtain the forms for the protective order, please contact the Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court's Office located in the Courthouse at 110 N. Bay St. Suite 100, Amite, LA. (985) 748-4146. For more information, please call (985) 748-4146.
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