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Louisiana Protective Orders Laws
Restraining Order Attorney in Shreveport, Bossier City, Monroe, & Ruston, LA
Temporary Restraining Orders
Those who are in fear for their lives due to domestic abuse can file for a temporary restraining order which the court may issue without the abuser present if there is an “immediate and present danger of abuse.” As with an emergency temporary restraining order, the judge must consider all past history of abuse, and there is no requirement that the abuse be recent, immediate, or present. The abuser will be notified of a TRO as soon as one is issued. The court usually provides a window of approximately 21 days before which a court hearing will take place where both parties may present their sides of the story. The date of this hearing is typically the expiration date of the TRO.
Long-term Protective Orders
For more permanent protection, the court may issue a long-term protective order after the protective order hearing. It is only at the conclusion of this hearing that the court can determine whether the accused abusive party presents a credible threat to the victim and therefore issue a longer injunction. It is vital for the alleged victim to attend this hearing. If not, the TRO cannot be extended. A long-term protective order can last up to 18 months and may be extended past that time depending on the circumstances.
At John D. & Eric G. Johnson Law Firm, LLC, we stand up for the rights of those who are accused of domestic violence crimes or violating protective orders in Louisiana. We have the resources to discover the true nature of the events leading up to your arrest and will investigate all the facts of the case to develop a strong defense. Attorney Eric Johnson is a skilled trial lawyer with over two decades of litigation experience. Call 318-377-1555 for a free and confidential legal consultation or contact us online to schedule an appointment.