Harassment and violence are a tragic reality for many people in Arizona. If you have experienced either of these crimes, you know firsthand how devastating they can be. You may wish to obtain an Order of Protection against the person harming you.

Conversely, being accused of harassment or abuse can ruin your life as well. If you face an accusation of harassment, your future is on the line.

No matter which side of this issue you face, the law firm of West, Longenbaugh and Zickerman P.L.L.C. can assist you. Our attorneys understand local and state law regarding orders of harassment. We use this knowledge to help you obtain an Order of Protection against your aggressor or to challenge an order against you.

What Are The Two Kinds Of Protective Orders In Arizona?

Our state offers two types of protective orders to residents. There are two types of Protective Orders in Arizona: Injunctions Against Harassment, and Orders of Protection.

Orders Of Protection: You can file for an Order of Protection against a relative or someone who has lived with you. This may include a former spouse, romantic partner, relative, step-relative or roommate. In a petition for an Order of Protection, you must state how the perpetrator threatened or committed domestic violence against you.

Injunctions Against Harassment: If you have never lived with or are not related to the person who is harassing you, you can petition for an Injunction Against Harassment. These can apply to coworkers, neighbors, acquaintances or total strangers. To obtain an injunction, the perpetrator must have committed one or more acts of harassment against you in the last year.

What Do Orders Of Protection Protect Against?

An Order of Protection prohibits a specific person from having contact with you or coming within a certain distance of your home, work location, school or other locations. These documents also cover a spectrum of acts, including:

Unfortunately, the court cannot ensure that someone served with an Order of Protection will obey it. These orders ensure that you have legal recourse, in that a person who violates an Order of Protection can be criminally prosecuted. But an Order of Protection cannot guarantee your safety.

Talk To A Lawyer For Help Today

If you face an Order of Protection or need to obtain one, you probably feel overwhelmed. Contact West, Longenbaugh and Zickerman P.L.L.C. today to speak to a caring attorney in a consultation. Call our Tucson office at 520-518-3781, or use our online contact form.