An emergency protective order (EPO) is available only at the time of an arrest for a crime involving family violence or sexual assault. It is temporary and emergency in nature, and cannot be extended.
The EPO can be requested in the following ways:
- By the victim of the alleged family violence offense;
- By a guardian of the victim;
- By an attorney representing the state and
- By a peace officer.
The court may also issue the order on its own motion and, in certain circumstances, the order will be mandated by law.
To learn about other types of Protective Orders, please contact the Family Violence Legal Line at 800-374-4673.