Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Does an out-of-state or foreign protective order apply in Oregon?
Yes, under federal law called Full Faith & Credit provision all states must enforce valid out-of-state protective/restraining orders as if they were issued in Oregon. You should register your order with local authorities to ensure proper enforcement.
What types of restraining orders are available in Oregon?
In Oregon, there are three main types of restraining orders: Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) orders for domestic violence victims, Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Abuse Prevention Act (EPPDAPA) orders for vulnerable adults, and Sexual Abuse Protective Orders (SAPO) for survivors of non-intimate partner sexual assault.
Are Oregon stalking protective orders enforceable in other states?
Yes, Oregon stalking protective orders are enforceable in other states under the federal Violence Against Women Act. If you move or temporarily relocate to another state, inform local law enforcement about your protective order to ensure it is properly enforced and to maintain your protection should you move out of Oregon.
Can I get an Oregon Stalking Order against someone who lives in another state?
Yes, you can obtain an Oregon Stalking Order against someone who lives in another state if they are engaging in stalking behavior towards you while you reside in Oregon. In such cases, it's crucial to work with your attorney and local law enforcement agencies to enforce the order across state lines.
How long does an Oregon restraining order last?
Temporary restraining orders typically last until your court hearing date, which is usually within 14 days. If granted by a judge after this hearing, a final restraining order can last up to one year but can be renewed if needed. In some cases involving extreme risk protection orders or stalking protective orders, they may be indefinite.
How do I obtain an Oregon restraining order?
To obtain a restraining order in Oregon, you must file a petition with the Circuit Court in the county where you live or where the abuse occurred. You'll need to complete the necessary forms, provide detailed information about the abuser and incidents of abuse, and attend a hearing before a judge who will assess your request.
What happens if someone violates an Oregon restraining order?
Violating an Oregon restraining order is considered contempt of court and can result in criminal charges such as misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the severity of violation; this may lead to fines or imprisonment.
How long does a stalking protective order last in Oregon?
In Oregon, a stalking protective order may be granted for an indefinite period. The duration of the order depends on the circumstances and the court's decision. It can be modified or terminated by the court upon request by either party, given a significant change in the situation.
What is an Oregon stalking protective order?
An Oregon stalking protective order is a legal document issued by a court to protect a person from being harassed, intimidated, or followed by another individual. It aims to prevent further stalking behavior by the respondent (the accused stalker) and to ensure the petitioner's (the victim's) safety.
Can an Oregon restraining order be modified or terminated?
Yes, either party can request modifications or termination of a restraining order by filing appropriate paperwork with the court and attending another hearing before a judge who will consider whether circumstances have changed sufficiently to warrant changes.

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