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Having a criminal protective order filed against you in California means you’re facing both criminal charges and, essentially, restraining order conditions. It’s important that you have a skilled Los Angeles criminal protective order lawyer on your side to advocate for you throughout all criminal proceedings.

Your freedom is at risk, most immediately from the criminal protective order that may apply throughout the case and then from the potential penalties of a criminal conviction. With our extensive experience handling restraining order matters as well as practicing criminal defense law, The Law Offices of Christopher Chaney are prepared to help you seek the most favorable outcomes possible in these legal matters. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Criminal Protective Orders in Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles courts can issue criminal protective orders against defendants facing criminal charges, even if the alleged victim or witnesses haven’t asked for such protections. This means you could find yourself facing significant restrictions on your activities even as your criminal case is progressing. If you violate the terms of this court order, even unintentionally, you could be hit with additional criminal charges and end up facing even harsher penalties.

Don’t underestimate the consequences of a criminal protective order. Make sure you have the benefit of professional legal experience by consulting an attorney.

Where Can Our Los Angeles Criminal Protective Order Lawyer Assist You?

At The Law Offices of Christopher Chaney, we assist people charged with crimes anywhere in Los Angeles and beyond. If you’re looking for experienced legal representation in or around the following areas—or elsewhere in L.A. County, Orange County, or Ventura County—look no further:

  • Bel Air
  • Beverly Hills
  • Brentwood
  • Burbank
  • Century City
  • Downtown L.A.
  • Glendale
  • Hollywood
  • Malibu
  • Melrose Avenue
  • Pasadena
  • Santa Monica
  • Silver Lake
  • Universal City
  • Venice Beach
  • West Hollywood
  • West Los Angeles
  • Westwood

Our offices are conveniently located in Century City and Van Nuys, allowing us to serve clients all over Southern California.

What Is a Criminal Protective Order in California?

A protective order is a kind of court order issued by a judge with the intention of protecting an alleged victim or another person. Unlike other types of protective orders, a criminal protective order (CPO) is always associated with a criminal case.

A criminal protective order in California is typically granted when the district attorney handling a criminal case against you has applied for such a court order. This usually occurs either during your arraignment or during a separate emergency hearing on the issue.

Under California law, a judge can issue a Criminal Protective Order – Domestic Violence using Form CR-160 when the case involves domestic violence or abuse. A CPO arising out of other crimes can be issued as a Criminal Protective Order – Other Than Domestic Violence through Form CR-161.

What Does a Criminal Protective Order Do in California?

Generally, a criminal protective order can prohibit a defendant from:

  • Abusing, harassing, stalking, assaulting, controlling, destroying the property of, or disturbing the peace of the victim or witness
  • Approaching the victim or witness
  • Contacting the victim or witness by any means and for any reason
  • Attempting to dissuade the victim or witness from testifying in court
  • Threatening the victim or witness
  • Coming within a specified distance of the victim or witness
  • Coming within a specified distance of the protected person’s home, workplace, vehicle, or other specified locations
  • Possessing any firearms or ammunition, including having to surrender or store any guns you currently possess

In certain situations, the criminal protective order may require you to be placed under electronic monitoring for a specified length of time.

The protective order may also prohibit contact with minors who reside with the victim and any others named as additional protected persons in the order.

Criminal Protective Orders Under the California Penal Code

Section 136.2 of the California Penal Code authorizes courts to issue criminal protective orders with the intention of promoting the safety of crime victims and witnesses. A criminal protective order may be issued to prevent the alleged victims and witnesses from being harmed, threatened, or dissuaded from testifying in a criminal matter by the defendant.

A criminal conviction is not necessary for a criminal protective order to be issued. In fact, these orders may be issued as early as your arraignment, or your first court date, well before the criminal case goes to trial and the jury reaches a verdict.

Criminal Protective Order Vs. Restraining Order

Criminal protective orders are similar to restraining orders in some ways, such as the purpose and the restrictions that may be placed on you. However, a criminal protective order differs from a civil restraining order under California law.

Unlike a protective order issued by a criminal court, a restraining order is an order issued by a civil court to protect someone from being harmed by another person. A civil restraining order is usually issued to intervene in situations in which allegations of domestic abuse, harassment, or stalking have been made. The purpose of a civil restraining order is to keep the restrained person away from the alleged victim.

A civil restraining order does not require the commission of a crime before it can be issued. The threat of abuse or violence may be sufficient to grant the order, even if no criminal charges are filed against you.

It’s possible that the person restrained under a civil restraining order may also face criminal charges. If they do, they could be subject to restrictions under both civil restraining orders and criminal protective orders.

What Happens to a Criminal Protective Order After the Case Ends?

If the point of a criminal protective order is to keep the alleged victim safe from any harm or intimidation from the defendant, what happens when the criminal case against you is over?

Generally, a pretrial order is in effect for the duration of the criminal legal proceedings against you, until a court order terminates it using Form CR-165, Notice of Termination of Protective Order in Criminal Proceeding. Some criminal protective orders are issued with the intention that they will be dismissed or canceled when the criminal case against you is over.

A judge may also issue a new protective order upon a conviction. This situation is particularly common if you are convicted but sentenced to probation rather than jail time. A postconviction criminal protective order may last for up to 10 years in California.

The protected person may request that a postconviction criminal protective order be extended beyond this timeframe. However, if they do so, you will have an opportunity to respond to this request and present your argument against extending the order.

How to Remove a Criminal Protective Order in California

Having a criminal restraining order in place against you can restrict your movements and activities and make your life difficult. A criminal protective order can be removed in California, but the process isn’t simple.

If the person seeking to have a criminal protective order issued against you is able to provide enough supporting evidence that the judge grants their request, you would need to petition to modify the criminal protective order. You can begin this process by filing a Petition for Modification of Protective Order in Criminal Proceeding.

Hiring a Los Angeles criminal protective order lawyer can help you make the strongest possible case in your favor and improve the likelihood of a favorable outcome.

Otherwise, the criminal protective order against you will be removed when it expires or when the criminal proceedings are over, depending on the specifics as indicated in the Criminal Protective Order – Domestic Violence or Criminal Protective Order – Other Than Domestic Violence form.

How Can a Los Angeles Criminal Protective Order Lawyer Help Me?

Being subjected to a criminal protective order means that you are already facing criminal charges. Now, you also have to comply with the restrictions established by the criminal protective order.

In legal troubles such as this, an experienced attorney can be a valuable asset, assisting you in ways like the following:

  • Investigating the criminal matter and building the most robust possible defense against the criminal charges you are facing
  • Advising you on your legal rights, the restrictions you must comply with under the terms of the criminal protective order, and all options available to you
  • Representing you and your interests in all legal proceedings
  • Serving as a resource for all of your questions about the legal process and the effects a criminal protective order has on you and your legal matters

Rather than facing criminal legal proceedings on your own and potentially making a big mistake, put your case in the hands of a skilled criminal protective order defense attorney in Los Angeles, CA. We’re prepared to stand up for your legal rights and advocate for your interests.

Consequences of Criminal Protective Order Violation in California

A criminal protective order aims to provide some level of security and safety for the protected person. Even if you feel that the criminal protective order is not necessary or reasonable, violating this type of court-ordered protection can lead to severe consequences, including jail time, fines, and additional criminal charges.

For any violation of a criminal protective order in California, you need the advice and services of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Otherwise, you could be at risk of even more severe legal trouble, including harsher penalties, than you were originally facing.

Contact a Los Angeles Criminal Protective Order Lawyer at The Law Offices of Christopher Chaney Today for a Free Consultation

When your legal troubles are piling up, the Law Offices of Christopher Chaney may be able to help. We assist people accused of all kinds of criminal offenses in California and routinely help clients with restraining order matters, including those that involve criminal protective orders.

For help from a criminal protective order attorney in Los Angeles, CA, contact The Law Offices of Christopher Chaney online or call (310) 209-3999 today.

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