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Personal Protection Order (PPO) in Lansing & beyond

A Personal Protection Order (PPO) is a court order to stop any threats or violence towards a person. A PPO was designed to protect against an individual who is threatening, hurting or harassing you. There are multiple types of PPO's, and typically an individual can file a PPO if they have a realistic fear for their individual freedom or security.
There are three different types of PPOs:
  • Domestic Relationship PPO
  • Non-Domestic (Stalking) PPO
  • Non-Domestic (Sexual Assault) PPO
If you are in need of a Personal Protection Order, deciding what type of PPO ideally suits your scenario is one of the first steps.

Domestic Relationship PPO

Filing for a domestic relationship PPO, one must prove to the court the abuser is most likely to assault, threaten, harass or stalk further than what has already happened. One must demonstrate that the abuser did have a domestic relationship with you.
It is considered a domestic relationship if he or she is:
  • Currently or Ex-Spouse
  • The other parent to your child
  • An individual you currently live with or used to reside with
  • An individual you have had a romantic relationship with
Domestic Relationship PPO's can restrict the abuser from:
  • Coming into your home or other properties you own
  • Physically trying to injure or threatening you
  • Trying to remove children from you, if you have legal custody of the children
  • Purchasing or Possessing a Firearm
  • Limiting contact if one needs to remove personal property from the abuser's premises
  • Appearing or Interfering with you at your job, school, or in public, in a manner that harms relationships with your employer or institution
  • Stalking you
  • As well as, any other action or behaviors that inhibit your individual independence or generates fear of anything violent occurring to you 

Stalking PPO

The motive of a non-domestic stalking PPO is to cover you against stalking and the abuser and you have no history of a domestic romantic relationship. To get a stalking PPO filed and signed, one needs to demonstrate that there has been a minimum of two incidents of stalking. Stalking is categorized as a continuous harassment or threatening behavior that induces fear, it also has to scare a reasonable person that is not involved in the party.
A Stalking PPO will restrict the abuser from:
  • Being within a certain distance or sight of you.
  • Following or Keeping tabs on your location
  • Appearing and Approaching in a general public place or even on your own private property
  • Showing up to your work or residence
  • Contacting you via the Phone, Email, Mail or packages or in Person
  • Positioning items to be delivered to property that you own, or are current occupying
  • Purchasing or Owning a Firearm
A stalking PPO can additionally ban “cyberstalking," which consists of posting/writing messages through digital media.
One might additionally request for specific protections while filling out paperwork, nonetheless, a judge will determine which actions and behaviors your PPO will prohibit.

Sexual Assault PPO

The motive of a non-domestic (sexual assault) PPO is to help protect and cover anyone against an individual who has been convicted of sexually assaulting you, or a specific person that has threatened to sexually assault you.
A Sexual Assault PPO will restrict the abuser from:
  • Being within a certain distance or sight of you.
  • Following or Keeping tabs on your location
  • Appearing and Approaching in a general public place or even on your own private property
  • Showing up to your work or residence
  • Contacting you via the Phone, Email, Mail or Package or in Person
  • Positioning items to be delivered to property that you own, or are occupying
  • Purchasing or Owning a Firearm
  • Request for specific protections while filling out paperwork, nonetheless, a judge will determine which actions and behaviors your PPO will prohibit.
Bahrie Law is knowledgeable with filing and successfully obtaining Personal Protection Orders as well as renewing or enforcing PPO’s. One should never take any risks with their freedoms, especially if your freedoms have already been threatened by someone else.  If you have recently been stalked, threatened, or have experienced violent and scary behavior from another individual, contact a lawyer immediately, as there are steps and processes in place to protect you.
Additionally, not all PPO’s that are approved exparte should be upheld.  Courts tend to err on the side of caution when granting a PPO.  Bahrie Law is experienced in filing petitions to terminate a PPO in situations where a PPO is not necessary or should not have been granted ex-parte in the first place.  Contact Bahrie Law today to protect your rights if you feel a PPO was wrongly filed against you
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