Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What types of behavior qualify as stalking under Oregon law?
Stalking in Oregon involves repeated and unwanted contact that causes the victim or a family member to feel alarmed or coerced, and could reasonably be considered a threat. This may include following, watching, or contacting the victim, their family, or their household members, either directly or indirectly. Under Oregon law, the "alarm" must be objectively reasonable.
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.
How do I obtain an Oregon stalking protective order?
To obtain a stalking protective order, you need to file a petition at your local circuit court, describing the stalking incidents and providing evidence of the behavior. After reviewing your petition, a judge may grant a temporary order, followed by a hearing to decide whether to issue a permanent order.
What is an Oregon Stalking Order?
An Oregon Stalking Order is a court order that provides protection for individuals who are being stalked, harassed, or threatened by another person. It prohibits the stalker from contacting or coming near the victim and can result in criminal penalties if violated.
How do I obtain an Oregon Stalking Order?
To obtain an Oregon Stalking Order, you must file a petition with the circuit court in your county. You will need to provide evidence of stalking behavior, such as police reports, witness statements, or documentation of threats. A judge will review your case and may issue a temporary order before scheduling a hearing to determine if a permanent order is necessary.
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.
Can I get an Oregon Stalking Order against someone I was previously married to?
Yes, you can obtain an Oregon Stalking Order against someone you were previously married to if they are engaging in stalking behavior towards you. This may include harassment, following you without consent, or making unwanted contact after divorce proceedings have concluded.
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 it take to get an Oregon Stalking Order?
The length of time it takes to get an Oregon Stalking Order varies based on individual circumstances and court schedules; however, temporary orders can often be granted within 24-48 hours after filing your petition with proper evidence supporting your claim.
Can a stalking protective order be modified or terminated?
Yes, a stalking protective order can be modified or terminated by the court upon request by either party. However, the requesting party must demonstrate a significant change in the circumstances that justifies the modification or termination of the order. Oregon law makes such a request tricky, so any request by a Respondent (the person with the stalking order against them) should be fully discussed with an experienced Oregon stalking order lawyer.

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