A legal advocate provides assistance to individuals who meet certain criteria and are not represented by an attorney with the preparation and filing of petitions for Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) under the Family Violence Act.
A TPO is not the same as a civil restraining order and a legal advocate does not assist with the preparation of petitions for these orders. Please consult an attorney if you are seeking a civil restraining order.
Before a legal advocate can assist you, you must go through a screening process to determine whether or not the criteria for a TPO has been met. This initial screening may take place over the phone to avoid any inconveniences to you such as long wait times at the courthouse and/or lost time at work. Once this initial screening process is complete, if you are cleared to proceed further a legal advocate may help you.
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