Civil Protection Orders (CPO) Overview

A Civil Protection Order (more commonly referred to as a CPO) is an order of protection that can be granted to a party by a Domestic Relations Court.  In order to be eligible for a CPO, the filing party must be a victim of domestic violence or a threat of physical harm that was committed by a spouse, a parent, a child, or a significant other that lives in the same residence as the victim.  A victim who has a child with the alleged abuser is also eligible to file for a CPO, even if they do not reside together.

If granted by the Court, the CPO can be in effect for up to five years and order that the alleged abuser may not contact the victim, be within 500 foot of the victim, enter on to the property of the victim’s home, work, or school, and other limitations.  If the alleged abuser violates the CPO, he or she could be charged with a misdemeanor for the first offense and a felony for subsequent offenses.

The CPO is entered into the NCIC (National Crime Information Center), so the information is readily available for police officers that are investing alleged violations.  A CPO empowers the police to act quicker and take an alleged abuser into custody if there appears to be a violation of the court order.  In addition, a CPO will show up during the required background check that is performed before the sale of a gun, which means that the alleged abusers are not able to purchase any firearms while a CPO case is pending.

The attorneys of Barney DeBrosse, LLC have significant trial experience on both sides of CPO cases, advocating on behalf of Petitioners and defending Respondents.  The firm practices in Franklin County, Fairfield County, Delaware County, Union County, Licking County, Pickaway County, Madison County, Ross County, and all other counties in Ohio. Call or e-mail today to schedule a consultation.


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