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Order for Protection & Harassment Restraining Order Attorneys
Molinaro Davis Law PLLC
2809 Cliff Road East, Suite 100 Burnsville, Minnesota 55337
The law in Minnesota allows a person who is being harassed to request a Harassment Restraining Order or Order for Protection from the court.  If a person is being harassed by another person by a single act of physical or sexual assault, or repeated intrusive or unwanted acts, words, or gestures intended to negatively affect the safety, security or privacy of that person, the person being harassed may file for a restraining order or order for protection.  A Harassment Restraining Order or Order for Protection will help prevent further harassment, order the Respondent not to contact you and your family at any time, and allow police to arrest the Respondent without a warrant for violations of the order. There are two types of orders for protection: full orders and ex parte orders.  Minnesota does not always require that a hearing be held with both parties present before issuing a long-term order.  A long term-order may be issued on your first court date and then it is up to the Respondent to fill out paperwork to request a hearing to object to the order. When a Petitioner initially files for an order for protection, the Petitioner may be granted an ex parte temporary order of protection if the judge finds that there is an immediate and present danger of domestic abuse and you need immediate protection.  “Ex parte” simply means that the Respondent is not notified beforehand or present in court.  A judge makes a decision based solely on the information that the Petitioner provides.  An ex parte order is effective for a fixed period set by the court and can generally last for up to two years or until modified or vacated by a judge after a hearing.  A hearing will be required if the Petitioner asks a judge for additional protection, the judge does not grant all of the protection requested in the ex parte order, or the Respondent requests a hearing.  A harassment restraining order is granted when a person is being harassed by another person by a single act of physical or sexual assault, or repeated intrusive or unwanted acts, words or gestures intended to negatively affect the safety, security or privacy of that person, the person being harassed may file for a restraining order.  However, custody and visitation of minor children issues cannot be handled through a harassment restraining order proceeding.  Ms. Davis and Ms. Molinaro have represented both Petitioner and Respondents in both types of actions.  Call Ms. Molinaro or Ms. Davis at (651) 705-8800 to discuss your case or fill out the form above to request a free consultation.  You can call us at (651) 705-8800 to set up a free consultation or use the contact form above.  You can also email us at atty@molinarodavis.com.  We look forward to working with you.
CLIENT & COLLEAGUE REVIEWS “Ms. Molinaro was a pleasure to work with.  She kept me informed promptly of any new developments in our case.  She is wise and respectful and always steered me in the right direction.  I feel very fortunate to have had the pleasure to having Ms. Molinaro as an attorney and would recommend her as a competent, resourceful ethical legal advisor.” “Kristin is very experienced in family law.  She can take your case from beginning to end.  Very professional.” “Teresa Molinaro is as thoughtful and thorough as she is insightful and professional.  She took on my complicated legal case, did her research and sought outside advice when appropriate.  Her follow through was excellent, and although I don’t yet know the outcome of my case, I do know that I have the very best attorney working for me!” “Kristin Davis is a very thorough attorney.  She is smart and provides no nonsense advice to her clients.  She pays attention to detail and doesn’t miss anything.  She is a great attorney.  You won’t regret hiring Kristin.”
The foregoing is meant to be general guidance and does not constitute legal advice.  Please contact our firm at (651) 705-8800 to discuss your specific questions regarding orders for protection or harassment restraining orders or fill out the form above. Serving the entire metro area, including, but not limited to, Dakota County, Ramsey County, Hennepin County, Carver County, Scott County, Washington County, Rice County, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Savage, Bloomington,  Farmington, Prior Lake, Mendota, Lilydale, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Shakopee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Molinaro Davis Law PLLC  |  2809 Cliff Road East, Suite 100| Burnsville, MN | 55337 | Tel: (651) 705-8800 | Fax: (651) 705-8803
             Website: www.molinarodavis.com  Email: atty@molinarodavis.com

What is the difference between an Order for Protection and a Harassment Restraining Order?

My boyfriend has threatened me with physical violence.  Should I file for a Harassment Restraining Order or an Order for Protection?

The difference is the relationship between the petitioner and respondent.

An Order for Protection is applied for when domestic abuse has occured and the petitioner (the person applying for the OFP) and the respondent (alleged abuser) are family or household members. If a person is being harassed by another person, the person being harassed may file for a Harassment Restraining Order.

Does there have to be physical abuse?

My girlfriend verbally abuses me; can I obtain an Order for Protection?

In some cases verbal abuse alone is enough to obtain an Order for Protection.

Fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assult, such as verbal threats, and terroristic threats (such as a threat to kill, break bones, or threatening someone with a knife or gun) are grounds for an Order for Protection.

What does a family or household member mean?

Can I file for an Order for Protection against my live-in boyfriend?

Yes, your live in boyfriend would be considered a family or household member.

Family or household members are married persons, persons who were married but are now divorced, parents, children, persons related by blood or adoption, persons who live together now or who lived together in the past, persons who have a child together, persons who have an unborn child together, or persons involved in or who were involved in a significant romantic or sexual relationship.  Does the respondent need an attorney? My former girlfriend filed for an Order for Protection against me; can you help me?

Yes, we assist both Petitioners and Respondents.

Both the Respondent and Petitioner may desire representation during the OFP/Harassment Restraining Order Process, especially at the hearing.  We have represented both Petitioners and Respondents in these types of cases.  Can an OFP be dismissed? I’d like to get an order for protection against my boyfriend dismissed.  Is that possible?

Yes, orders for protection and harassment restraining orders can be dismissed.

If you would like to get an order for protection or harassment restraining order dismissed, you must fill out an Affidavit and Order for Dismissal form (found on court website) and file it with the court.  You may have to attend a court hearing to explain to a magistrate or judge why you want the action dismissed.   The judge or magistrate has the discretion to either deny or grant your request.    How long does an harassment restraining order last? I’d like to get a HRO against my ex-boyfriend; how long will it last?

Harassment restraining orders typically last for 1-2 years.

A HRO typically lasts for 1-2 years.  However, a HRO can last longer if certain conditions are met.  An OFP usually lasts for 2 years.  If the Respondent violates the OFP or more abuse occurs, the Petitioner can get it extended.  In addition, if there have been 2 or more OFPs or restraining orders against the Respondent or if the Respondent has violated the order more than twice, the court can make an order last for up to 50  years.
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Zealous Legal Guidance Free Consultations with Experienced Attorney 	Defense against Harassment Restraining Orders 	Defense against Orders for Protection 	Establishment of Orders for Protection 	Establishment of Harassment Restraining Orders
Molinaro Davis Law PLLC
2809 Cliff Road East, Suite 100 Burnsville, Minnesota 55337
The law in Minnesota allows a person who is being harassed to request a Harassment Restraining Order or Order for Protection from the court.  If a person is being harassed by another person by a single act of physical or sexual assault, or repeated intrusive or unwanted acts, words, or gestures intended to negatively affect the safety, security or privacy of that person, the person being harassed may file for a restraining order or order for protection.  A Harassment Restraining Order or Order for Protection will help prevent further harassment, order the Respondent not to contact you and your family at any time, and allow police to arrest the Respondent without a warrant for violations of the order. There are two types of orders for protection: full orders and ex parte orders.  Minnesota does not always require that a hearing be held with both parties present before issuing a long-term order.  A long term-order may be issued on your first court date and then it is up to the Respondent to fill out paperwork to request a hearing to object to the order. When a Petitioner initially files for an order for protection, the Petitioner may be granted an ex parte temporary order of protection if the judge finds that there is an immediate and present danger of domestic abuse and you need immediate protection.  “Ex parte” simply means that the Respondent is not notified beforehand or present in court.  A judge makes a decision based solely on the information that the Petitioner provides.  An ex parte order is effective for a fixed period set by the court and can generally last for up to two years or until modified or vacated by a judge after a hearing.  A hearing will be required if the Petitioner asks a judge for additional protection, the judge does not grant all of the protection requested in the ex parte order, or the Respondent requests a hearing.  A harassment restraining order is granted when a person is being harassed by another person by a single act of physical or sexual assault, or repeated intrusive or unwanted acts, words or gestures intended to negatively affect the safety, security or privacy of that person, the person being harassed may file for a restraining order.  However, custody and visitation of minor children issues cannot be handled through a harassment restraining order proceeding.  Ms. Davis and Ms. Molinaro have represented both Petitioner and Respondents in both types of actions.  Call Ms. Molinaro or Ms. Davis at (651) 705-8800 to discuss your case or fill out the form above to request a free consultation.  You can call us at (651) 705-8800 to set up a free consultation or use the contact form above.  You can also email us at atty@molinarodavis.com.  We look forward to working with you.
CLIENT & COLLEAGUE REVIEWS “Ms. Molinaro was a pleasure to work with.  She kept me informed promptly of any new developments in our case.  She is wise and respectful and always steered me in the right direction.  I feel very fortunate to have had the pleasure to having Ms. Molinaro as an attorney and would recommend her as a competent, resourceful ethical legal advisor.” “Kristin is very experienced in family law.  She can take your case from beginning to end.  Very professional.” “Teresa Molinaro is as thoughtful and thorough as she is insightful and professional.  She took on my complicated legal case, did her research and sought outside advice when appropriate.  Her follow through was excellent, and although I don’t yet know the outcome of my case, I do know that I have the very best attorney working for me!” “Kristin Davis is a very thorough attorney.  She is smart and provides no nonsense advice to her clients.  She pays attention to detail and doesn’t miss anything.  She is a great attorney.  You won’t regret hiring Kristin.”
The foregoing is meant to be general guidance and does not constitute legal advice.  Please contact our firm at (651) 705-8800 to discuss your specific questions regarding orders for protection or harassment restraining orders or fill out the form above. Serving the entire metro area, including, but not limited to, Dakota County, Ramsey County, Hennepin County, Carver County, Scott County, Washington County, Rice County, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Savage, Bloomington,  Farmington, Prior Lake, Mendota, Lilydale, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Shakopee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Molinaro Davis Law PLLC  |  2809 Cliff Road East, Suite 100| Burnsville, MN
             Website: www.molinarodavis.com  Email:

What is the difference between an Order for Protection and a Harassment Restraining Order?

My boyfriend has threatened me with physical violence.  Should I file for a Harassment Restraining Order or an Order for Protection?

The difference is the relationship between the petitioner and respondent.

An Order for Protection is applied for when domestic abuse has occured and the petitioner (the person applying for the OFP) and the respondent (alleged abuser) are family or household members. If a person is being harassed by another person, the person being harassed may file for a Harassment Restraining Order.

Does there have to be physical abuse?

My girlfriend verbally abuses me; can I obtain an Order for Protection?

In some cases verbal abuse alone is enough to obtain an Order for Protection.

Fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assult, such as verbal threats, and terroristic threats (such as a threat to kill, break bones, or threatening someone with a knife or gun) are grounds for an Order for Protection.

What does a family or household member mean?

Can I file for an Order for Protection against my live-in boyfriend?

Yes, your live in boyfriend would be considered a family or household member.

Family or household members are married persons, persons who were married but are now divorced, parents, children, persons related by blood or adoption, persons who live together now or who lived together in the past, persons who have a child together, persons who have an unborn child together, or persons involved in or who were involved in a significant romantic or sexual relationship.  Does the respondent need an attorney? My former girlfriend filed for an Order for Protection against me; can you help me?

Yes, we assist both Petitioners and Respondents.

Both the Respondent and Petitioner may desire representation during the OFP/Harassment Restraining Order Process, especially at the hearing.  We have represented both Petitioners and Respondents in these types of cases.  Can an OFP be dismissed? I’d like to get an order for protection against my boyfriend dismissed.  Is that possible?

Yes, orders for protection and harassment restraining orders can be dismissed.

If you would like to get an order for protection or harassment restraining order dismissed, you must fill out an Affidavit and Order for Dismissal form (found on court website) and file it with the court.  You may have to attend a court hearing to explain to a magistrate or judge why you want the action dismissed.   The judge or magistrate has the discretion to either deny or grant your request.    How long does an harassment restraining order last? I’d like to get a HRO against my ex-boyfriend; how long will it last?

Harassment restraining orders typically last for 1-2 years.

A HRO typically lasts for 1-2 years.  However, a HRO can last longer if certain conditions are met.  An OFP usually lasts for 2 years.  If the Respondent violates the OFP or more abuse occurs, the Petitioner can get it extended.  In addition, if there have been 2 or more OFPs or restraining orders against the Respondent or if the Respondent has violated the order more than twice, the court can make an order last for up to 50 years.
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