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Our Lawyers Know Oregon Stalking Order Law

Oregon stalking orders are serious court orders that can have a substantial and permanent impact on the recipient. Oregon law provides a means for individuals to address their safety if they are the victim of stalking. "Stalking" is defined in Oregon law as more than one (repeated) unwanted contact with a person that causes that person or their family to fear for their safety. The person who is alleged to be doing the stalking (the stalker) must previously have received notice that contact is unwelcome. Additionally, the person seeking a protective stalking order must have a fear that is considered "reasonable" under the law, meaning that another person in the same circumstance would objectively be afraid. For example, it would likely not be a reasonable fear if a person indicated that they were in fear because the bank teller smiled at them and said "hello" to them every time they entered their local bank branch.

Oregon Stalking Orders Do Not Expire

Courts take stalking orders very seriously because of their long-term impact. Once in place, if the recipient of a valid stalking order violates the terms, the violation is a crime that can result in jail or fines. Stalking orders are different than restraining orders under the Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA). Once in place, unless the court decides to add one for some reason, a stalking order will not expire and will remain active permanently. Oregon courts have addressed what is necessary to remove a stalking order once in place, but the process is not entirely clear, and the results can vary dramatically based upon the facts, the jurisdiction, and the person who is being protected.

Oregon Stalking Order Consequences

For the person limited by an Oreegon stalking orders, the order may appear on background checks, impact immigration status, and will very likely impact a person's right to own firearms. For these reasons, it is important that a person facing these consequences have an experienced Oregon stalking order attorney to guide you through the pitfalls by applying the law to have an order dismissed. Conversely, a stalking order lawyer can assist in ensureing that a victim of stalking keeps the order in place to for their protection.

How an Oregon Stalking Order Lawyer Can Assist With Your Case

Our attorneys have prosecuted and defendant against Oregon stalking orders in counties across the state. Whether prosecuting or defending, the successful case will involve a methodical, detailed, and skilled application of both Oregon case law and statutes to the client’s individual facts. You can expect us to investigate and review your matter by gathering information about all contact that forms the basis of each stalking case. The methodically organizing this information is imperitive to presenting a successful trial.

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Frequently Asked Family Law Questions (FAQ's)

What is Oregon Family Law?

Q: What does a family law lawyer do? What is "Oregon family law?"

A: “Oregon Family law” is an umbrella term that refers to the practice of law that involves common domestic and family issues. While it is often associated with Oregon divorce, "family law" covers far more. Common family law issues include child custody, parenting time (visitation), step-parent adoptions, spousal support, child support, restraining orders and stalking orders, prenuptial agreement, grandparent rights, and far more.

Modern families come in all sizes and arrangments, and the term "family law" simply refers to the practice of law that helps those families within the Oregon court system.

Is it necessary to hire a lawyer for my stalking order case?

Is it worth getting a lawyer for my Oregon stalking order case?

This question is standard, though completely subjective and fact-specific. Obtaining a stalking order does not require a lawyer, and it is usually secured without an attorney. However, if the matter goes to a hearing, while it is certainly possible for people to handle the stalking order hearing independently, it is probably not a great idea. In addition to being held to rules of procedure and evidence, the untrained person likely will not know which aspects of the law should require the most focus. Because judges are bound to follow the law, if you don't present the correct information, they may have no choice under the law to make a ruling that is adverse to your goals.

Oregon stalking orders have significant consequences, so having an experienced Oregon stalking order lawyer help you is almost certainly in your best interest.

What is a stalking order in Oregon?

What is a stalking order in Oregon?

A Stalking Protective Order (SPO) is an Oregon court order which instructs a person who has made repeated, unwanted contact with you or your family to stop the behavior. Several requirements that govern the stalker's conduct apply, so it is not as simple as deciding that actions are "unwanted contact" to qualify for purposes of a stalking order.

What are the Requirements for Getting a Stalking Protective Order?

What qualifies as "stalking" in Oregon?

Oregon law has specific requirements to have a Stalking Protective Order (SPO) granted by the court. Fundamentally, you or a member of your immediate family (or household) must have been contacted by a person more than once in the past two years with the following requirements to qualify as stalking.

  • More than once means at least two separate contacts
  • The repeated and unwanted contact must be is alarming (frightening) or coercive (using force) to you
  • It must be reasonable for you to feel alarmed or coerced (i.e. not the mailman waving hello when he or she delivers mail)
  • The unwanted contacts cause you to reasonably fear for your physical safety or the physical safety of your family or members of your household.
How long does the final Oregon Stalking Protective Order (SPO) last?

How long does an Oregon stalking order last?

Once a hearing has occurred, and a judge has upheld an Oregon Stalking Protective Order, it has no natural end (it is permanent). However, the Respondent (the person prohibited from stalking) can file a request with the court to modify or terminate the stalking order later. If this happens, there would be another hearing on the matter where both sides would present evidence. Before this happens, you would be served with the legal paperwork and be given notice so that you have an opportunity to prepare for the hearing.


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What are the Requirements for Getting a Stalking Protective Order?

Oregon law has specific requirements to have a Stalking Protective Order (SPO) granted by the court. Fundamentally, you or a member of your immediate family (or household) must have been contacted by a person more than once in the past two years with specific requirements about the behavior

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What is Oregon Family Law?

“Oregon Family law” is an umbrella term that refers to the practice of law that involves common domestic and family issues. While it is often associated with Oregon divorce, "family law" covers far more.

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How long does the final Oregon Stalking Protective Order (SPO) last?

Once a hearing has occurred, and a judge has upheld an Oregon Stalking Protective Order, it has no natural end (it is permanent). However, the Respondent (the person prohibited from stalking) can file a request with the court to modify or terminate the stalking order later.

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