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Attorney for Protection Orders Serving Lynnwood

Explaining a Protection Order

A protection order is different from a no-contact order. A no-contact order is issued by a court at the request of a prosecutor to restrict a criminal defendant from contacting the alleged victim while a criminal action is pending against the defendant, usually for assault. A protection order has nothing to do with any criminal action and is issued by a court at the request of a person, referred to as the "Petitioner", against someone that the Petitioner is claiming has assaulted or harassed them.

If you have been served with a Temporary Order of Protection from Domestic Violence, someone you know, the Petitioner, has filed a petition with the court that alleges you have committed acts of domestic violence against them. The court has reviewed the allegations in the petition and decided to grant the petitioner a temporary order for protection against you restricting your freedom. The temporary order is usually good for 2 weeks and also contains a date for a "permanent hearing" where you are ordered to appear in court to give your side of the story as to why the court should not issue a permanent order against you. If you violate any term of the temporary order for protection, you will be arrested, put in jail, and face a charge of Violation of a Protection Order which carries a maximum penalty of a $5000 fine and one year in jail.

As you can see, this is a VERY serious matter so it is absolutely imparative that you hire a competent domestic violence defense attorney to represent you at the permanent hearing. Anything you say at the permanent hearing can later be used against you in a criminal matter. For this reason, it is important you have a skilled lawyer representing you to get your side of the story out while limiting any risk you run of a prosecutor later asking for the court record and using your testimony against you to charge you with a crime based upon the petitioners allegations and your responses in court. Rest assured, I am very experienced at defending these matters in Snohomish county and elsewhere throughout Washington state. If you have been served with a Protection Order, call a domestic violence defense attorney today at the Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear to find out how best to protect your rights and respond to the allegations against you.

What Should You Do If You Are Served With An Order For Protection?


If you are served with an order for protection DO NOT contact the petitioner in any way. DO NOT contact the petitioner to ask what this is all about. DO NOT write the petitioner anything. DO NOT text or email the petitioner. DO NOT ask someone who knows the petitioner to communicate a message for you or ask about the order on your behalf. Third party contact is not allowed. DO NOT send the petitioner an apology or explanation. If the court or police find out that you have attempted to communicate with the petitioner in any way you will be arrested, taken to jail and charged with a crime.

Similarly DO NOT go anywhere that the temporary order prohibits you from being. Read the order carefully. Protection orders often will restrict you from going to or being within a certain distance of the home, workplace, or school of the petitioner. This can create huge problems if you work or live with petitioner. If you work with the petitioner we may need to contact your employer to make sure you can keep your job. If you are found violating any of the distance or location restrictions of the order you will be arrested, taken to jail, and charged with a crime.


If you are served with an order for protection DO contact me immediately. Time is of the essence in these matters. Too often I am faced with a situation where a potential client waits to contact me until a few days before the hearing. While I still do my best to help in this situation, it makes the job of presenting the best defense much harder. The only way to properly defend these actions is to file a written response to the allegations in the petition. Few people realize that due to the high number of cases a court has to deal with in a limited time frame, the court will only allow a few minutes of live testimony at the permanent hearing - if that. Often times the court will have its mind made up when it calls your matter. The judge will have reviewed the file and the written claims against you prior to the hearing. If you have not filed a written response defending yourself, a response that the judge can read ahead of time, then it is almost impossble to win these hearings. The sooner you contact me the more time I will have to investigate your case and draft an effective response to the claims against you.

DO examine each of the claims against you in the petition carefully. DO write out a response to each of the claims against you and bring that response with you to your initial meeting with me. DO write out as much as you can about the background of your relationship with the petitioner. I need as much information as I can get to best frame the issues for the judge. The judge knows nothing about your relationship with the petitioner. When we first meet, neither will I. The more you can educate me on your relationship, the better chance I will have of convincing the judge that you, and not the petitioner, are in the right. DO bring any photos of injuries you have suffered in the past at the hands of the petitioner or any other evidence that shows that the petitioner may have a violent or unreliable nature.

With over 10 years of experience in this area, I know that a protection order needs to be taken seriously. For information and guidance in handling a protection order, it is in your best interest to contact me at The Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear.

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