If you are being harassed, stalked, or are a victim of domestic violence, it may behoove you to get a restraining order against the person guilty of this behavior towards you. The following steps will take you through how to get a restraining order against someone.
1. First, you must fill out a petition for a restraining order and an affidavit. Many times these forms can be found on the website for your state court or local branch court. If not, go to your local district court and request one. Use as much information as possible, including specific dates and times of events if available.
2. Second, file these forms at the court. You may be able to obtain a fee waiver if you can prove you are unable to afford the filing fee.
3. Third, in most states, a temporary restraining order will be issued until your court hearing, when the permanent restraining order will be put in place.
4. Fourth, you must have your restraining order served on the person. Do not attempt to serve the person yourself. Instead, you can go through a process server through your local sheriff’s department. The affidavit and the notice will inform the person of the hearing and the temporary protective order.
Fifth, attend the hearing. You will want to hire an attorney for best results, but if for any reason you are unable to retain an attorney, make sure that you have evidence or else your restraining order will not be granted.