A temporary restraining order (RO) can issue against you without you being present. The individual taking out the RO only needs to sign an affidavit stating that they believe that they are in danger of bodily harm from you. This will place a 10 day restraining order against you and a hearing will be scheduled to determine whether or not a permanent RO is necessary. If you live with the person who filed the RO, you will receive notice to vacate the premises and you will be required to avoid all contact with that person, including any third party contact. If you violate the RO you could be charged with a crime, held in custody without bail, or required to post bail.

It is very common for a RO to be taking out after a domestic dispute. A domestic violence charge is a serious charge that can remain on your record and jeopardize your future. If you have a restraining order filed against you, seek counsel as soon as possible to insure the best outcome for your situation.