The various phrases and acronyms listed immediately above all apply to the Colorado domestic violence realm and the prohibition of contact between an alleged criminal offender and victim.
The smorgasbord of terms and shorthand designations can be confusing. Moreover, its application pursuant to a court order in a given instance can yield materially weighty consequences for a targeted individual.
For that reason, we note at the Denver criminal defense firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates that “it is important to understand the primary types of restraining orders in Colorado, and the situations in which each one may be issued.”
An initial point to note is that, although termed differently, restraining orders and protection orders are the same thing, with those designations being used interchangeably.
An individual seeking protection often cites compelling circumstances to a judge, with the result that the court sometimes issues a Temporary Restraining Order. A TRO is deemed to have limited validity, with its issuance being accompanied by a scheduled hearing date for a so-called Permanent Restraining Order.
A PRO hearing will offer an accused offender the chance to challenge evidence arguing for the necessity of barred contact. Defendants sometimes prevail at these hearings. And, of course, PROs are also issued that can further extend the safeguards spotlighted in a TRO.
We duly note on our website that, while restraining orders are obviously important criminal law tools, sometimes “innocent parties can be swept into the fold” and suffer unfair and materially adverse results from their application.
Questions or concerns about Colorado protection orders can be directed to attorneys at an established Denver criminal defense law firm.