Issued by a judge in criminal court that orders the defendant not to have contact with someone. No contact orders can generally be ordered for the length of time the criminal case is being prosecuted and as a condition of the defendant’s probation.
Order for Protection (OFP):
An OFP is issued by a judge in court (separate from divorce hearings) and is brought by an individual seeking protection from domestic abuse by a family or household member. There is no fee for an OFP and individuals do not need to be represented by an attorney to request an OFP.
Harassment Restraining Order (HRO):
An HRO is issued by a Judge in civil court and is brought by an individual seeking protection from harm or harassment. The Petitioner does not need to have a personal relationship with the Respondent. There may be a filing fee to start a harassment case and individuals do not need to be represented by an attorney.
For assistance with an OFP or HRO application, contact Anoka County Family Court at 763-422-7389. Alexandra House can assist victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault with applications for an OFP at 763-576-9999.