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 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.
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.
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 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.
What is the difference between a stalking protective order and a restraining order?
A stalking protective order specifically targets stalking behaviors, while a restraining order typically addresses broader issues of domestic violence, such as abuse or threats. Restraining orders are usually requested by family or household members, while stalking protective orders can be sought by anyone experiencing stalking.
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.
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 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.

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