The restraining order is a court order that prevents certain actions on the part of an individual or a group. Usually they are ordered to avoid contact with another specific person or persons or to stay away from a specific property. The restraining order is often used in cases of domestic violence to prevent further injury. In some states the restraining order is registered with the police in order that they can respond immediately. This order can also be used by an abused child or the victim of a stalker. Most restraining orders are temporary, though it can be made into a permanent injunction. If the restraining order is violated, it can result in criminal prosecution. A restraining order usually expires on its own and must be renewed. *
* The information in this message is general and should not substitute for the advice and counsel of a licensed attorney.