The Indiana Civil Protective Order Act (“Act”) provides powerful relief to help ensure the safety of certain covered Hoosiers who find themselves in dangerous situations, such as a victim of domestic violence. Additionally, the Act covers certain minor children in harmful situations or individuals, such as from an abusive or drug-addicted parent. While protective orders issued under the Act are unique and powerful tools, they may be abused in cases by a petitioner’s false allegations and issued against a person who is not a threat to anyone. This blog looks at four things to know about protective orders so that you may ...
October 18, 2019CD
Protective Orders are powerful tools in the legal sphere. Protective Orders can be used to help ensure the safety of individuals in dangerous situations, such as victims of domestic violence. Additionally, Protective Orders can also be used to protect minor children from harmful situations or individuals, such as abusive or drug addicted parents. While Protective Orders are a powerful tool that can be used for good, they can also, by design, be used to wrongfully harm an individual who is not a threat to anyone. The Indiana Court of Appeals recently addressed this situation covered by this blog and overturned ...
May 30, 2019CD
In 2012, the Indiana Legislature passed the Indiana Civil Protection Order Act.1 This Act allows a person who alleges that he or she is the victim of domestic and/or family violence, stalking, and/or a sex offense to ask an Indiana civil (trial) court to order the alleged offender to stop doing those acts by issuing an order that may result in contempt or arrest for violation. Unfortunately, these legal mechanisms are sometimes used to gain a tactical advantage in custody cases or for other illicit purposes. Is this your case? You know. This blog analysis the process and importance of ...
February 13, 2019CD
The Indiana Civil Protective Order Act (“Act”) provides powerful relief to help ensure the safety of certain covered Hoosiers who find themselves in dangerous situations, such as a victim of domestic violence. Additionally, the Act covers certain minor children in harmful situations or individuals, such as from an abusive or drug-addicted parent. While protective orders issued under the Act are unique and powerful tools in that they can be granted ex parte,1 they may be abused in cases by a petitioner’s false allegations and issued against a person who is not a threat to anyone. This blog explores the purposes ...
September 17, 2018CD
Each year, thousands of protective orders are issued in cases involving certain domestic relationships. Some are tactical weapons to advance illicit objectives; most have merit. Protective orders may have profound implications for work and core civil liberties, such as the right to keep and bear arms. A proven violation can result in a fine, contempt of court charge, and criminal charge. While most of this is somewhat common knowledge now that the Indiana Civil Order Protection Act has been in force for a number of years, all laws are clearly evolving with the needs of the time. One question that is ...
August 17, 2017CD
Several years ago, the Indiana General Assembly passed a comprehensive civil protective order act. This legislation was aimed at addressing the problem of domestic violence within certain family units. Now, a version of this uniform act is adopted in virtually every state. There is a national depository where domestic protective orders are immediately placed online and available to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. However, there is growing concern that these are abused by certain litigants in domestic cases, particularly contested divorce and paternity matters. This blog post covers a recent decision decided with the Court of Appeals1 that protective orders ...
May 18, 2017Adam Hayes
Through cases and statutes, criminal and civil trial courts have an array of tools under the general umbrella term of protective orders to assist with due process and justice—to protect people and property from injury or harm to their case. This blog explores four common types and their uses. The first is a “no contact order”. They typically are a term of release when one person has injured another or threatened such and may extend to victims and witnesses. How these come about is when there is a criminal charge and bond, a term of release for the defendant ordered by ...
March 2, 2017Adam Hayes
The Doctrine of Unintended or Unknown Consequences Throughout the United States, including Indiana, there is a relatively uniform system in place to allow certain parties in domestic relationships to obtain an ex parte (without notice to the other party) protective order. There is a specific, short time to challenge this order if granted or may stand for up to two years. In daily life, many persons who are served with POs do not challenge them because of the stress and a variety of other reasons. However, you should be aware of a number of unintended or unknown consequences to having a domestic ...
March 8, 2016Adam Hayes
While it is common, after a hearing, for a trial court who finds the legal basis for a protective order to issue or to Brady-Disqualify a person from possessing firearms (or ammunition under federal law), a new case has limited Brady-Disqualification under the Act. In a new case, the Indiana Court of Appeals determined that the reference “Brady disqualified” provision in the protection Act, refers to a protective order that “restrains such person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner.” Those in this class may be Brady disqualified. This case made clear that individuals who ...
December 22, 2015Adam Hayes
The issue of and statistics about domestic violence have received significant state and national attention over the last several years. Actual or threatened domestic violence may result in criminal charges with the right to remain silent or a civil domestic protective order. A civil domestic protective order is issued to attempt to stop threats or risk of harm to the person who petitions for it. Such an order may be granted without a hearing or after a hearing is set and the alleged perpetrator is given notice to attend. When a civil protective order is issued without a hearing based on ...
November 19, 2015Adam Hayes