Unlawful harassment orders.
Unlawful harassment is like Domestic Violence Protection.
If the Judge is convinced on a more likely than not basis that you’ve shown what you need to, they can give you an order.
The court ascertains if there has been a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at somebody else that is seriously detrimental.
A course of conduct is not something that happens once. It’s got to happen at least twice.
Knowingly and willfully means that the person that’s doing it knows what they’re doing and with intent. Being willful is like acting with the intent to do it.
Notice of no contact
If the petitioner has given notice to the respondent to stop contacting the course of conduct, he ought to show that he has told them those things or provide proof. Writing is always best because you can prove what was said even if it’s just a text message.
Factors the court considers before grating unlawful harassment orders
- Purpose – it must be designed to alarm annoy or harass the individual
- Previous court orders
- things that have happened
- Effect of those things.
Can I file a single petition against multiple people?
It’s got to be directed at a specific person.
Separate orders or separate petitions are needed for multiple people. It’s possible that a court might hear both cases together if they are similar or the same persons witnessed me and if I was the defense.
Duration of a protection order
One year or up to two years. You could seek to have an order for longer than a year, the court would have to make a special finding.