Harassment

Harassment Attorney In Anoka, Minnesota

A harassment restraining order tells a person to stop harassing another or to refrain from having any kind of contact. This means no telephone calls, emails, or messages through other people. At the same time, a harassment restraining order protects an individual from someone who may be harassing them.

If you are being harassed, you can ask the court to issue a harassment restraining order. However, you may be someone who has been named in a harassment restraining order and you need to protect yourself. Either way, Mr. Peterson is a highly experienced Minnesota family law lawyer who can help you obtain or defend against a harassment restraining order.

Helping You Seek A HRO

Anyone who has been harassed by another person can petition for a harassment restraining order, or HRO. Harassment is defined as an act of causing another person to feel intimidated, afraid, persecuted, or threatened. In order for you to acquire a harassment restraining order in Minnesota, you have to prove that the person named in the order has committed a number of intrusive acts against you through gestures or words. The intention behind the acts should have been to deeply impact your privacy or safety. If you can show any of the following, you may be able to obtain a harassment restraining order:

  • Intent to harm you
  • Intent to harm your property
  • Stalking
  • Harassing you through packages, mail, letters, or email
  • Harassing you through telephone calls

Evidence of any of these actions can be presented through documentation or testimony.

Challenging Harassment Restraining Orders

If you have been named in a harassment restraining order, you have the right to challenge it. At first, a harassment restraining order is temporary. During that period, it is important to stay away from the alleged victim. If you violate the order, then you could be arrested immediately and placed in jail. Repeated violations can lead to stiffer penalties that can stay on your criminal record, keeping you from getting a job, finding a place to live, and doing anything that requires a background check.

Eventually, there will be a hearing held and you can have your Anoka family law lawyer with you at this hearing so you can be heard. The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether or not it is necessary for the harassment restraining order to remain in force. If you can prove at the hearing that it is not warranted and it is causing you problems, then it may be voided. However, the other party may have evidence that shows that it should remain in force. Either way, each party is seeking the best result in the matter and the best result will be based on facts.