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Civil Protection Orders in Washington, D.C.

In Washington, DC, a Civil Protection Order (CPO) is very similar to a restraining order.  It is a court order that requires a person to do or not to do certain acts.  For example, if your ex-spouse is harassing or stalking you, you can file a petition with the court to order your ex-spouse to […]

Round 2: Fighting a Civil Protection Order Extension

A year ago, you were brought to court by an ex spouse or significant other, or perhaps a family member. Maybe you consented to the entry of a Civil Protection Order (CPO), or maybe the judge entered an order after a hearing.  One year has almost passed, and you’ve done everything the order required. You […]

You Can’t Go Home Again: Washington, D.C. Civil Protection Order (CPO) May Bar You from Your Own Dwelling

Civil Protection Orders (CPO) can cause the recipient many headaches, but perhaps nothing hits closer to home than being banned from your own house or apartment. While this is a common condition of a CPO issued in Washington, D.C. or Virginia, it is most commonly seen in cases where the petitioner and respondent are actually […]

Shield or Sword: Civil Protection Orders in the District of Columbia

If a judge finds that there is “good cause,” to believe that a person (the respondent) has committed or threatened to commit a crime against another (the petitioner), a judge may issue a Civil Protection Order against that person. D.C. Code 16-1005(c) Most often issued in the context of a domestic violence situation, a Protection Order […]