What is an Order of Protection?

In most cases of a domestic violence charge, the accused person will face an order of protection. In Long Island, NY, these orders are issued by the courts. They make the accused person subject to certain legal restrictions. Watch this video by dedicated Long Island domestic violence attorney Michaelangelo Matera to learn how our firm can help protect you against an order of protection in New York.


Typically, when someone is arrested for an offense involving domestic violence or any type of offense where an injury has occurred, the court will issue an order of protection. Restraining orders can take on different forms, ranging from what’s often referred to as a refrain from or limited order protection, which requires the person who the order of protection is issued against to refrain from certain activities against the protected party, whether it be harassing, stalking, things like that. Whereas a full order of protection or sometimes referred to simply as a full stayaway order protection requires the person who the order is issued against to completely stay away from the protected party, their home place of business and things like that.

Orders of protection are very, very difficult because one could technically be arrested for being near someone, even if they didn’t fully realize at the time that they were in a location where the protected party was. So they’re very important to make sure you have the right attorney explaining all the different nuances of an order of protection to the person who the orders issued against.

When people are facing difficult legal situations what matters is results. At The Matera Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience helping people when they need it most. That commitment has allowed us to generate a record of success against domestic violence charges.

If you or someone you love is in need of an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact us today for a free confidential consultation. We proudly serve Suffolk County, Nassau County, Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and throughout New York State.

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