A protection order is, essentially, a court order issued to prevent violence or threats of violence against a victim.
The most common provisions contained in protection orders include ordering a defendant to:
Violation of a protection order can result in arrest for any new crime committed (trespassing, assault, etc.), contempt of court, and arrest for the crime of violation of a protection order. Under federal law, a person can also be charged with the federal crime of Interstate Violation of a Protection order if the defendant intentionally crossed state or tribal land lines to commit the violation.
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