There are many reasons that a person may wish to file for a restraining order. One common cause is if the filer claims they have been the victim of domestic assault or violence. In order to protect themselves, they may file for a restraining order. However, that may have big consequences for the person the order is filed against even if they are not at fault.
The Judicial Branch of Arizona explains what a protection order can do for a person who believes they need protection from domestic assault. These orders can prohibit the defendant from contacting them in any way. This includes entering their property, calling them, or contacting a third party in order to get to the person who has set up the restraining order. If there are children involved in the dispute, the defendant may also be prohibited from visiting their school. Entering the filer’s place of work or contacting their relatives may also be disallowed. If the defendant breaks any of these rules, they are subject to punishment by law.
Punishment for breaking a protection order can include potential arrest. Protection orders are kept within a large database that all law enforcement agents will be able to access. This means that a person who has a protection order against them will be identifiable to every police officer in their area. This can be invasive and may potentially set unfair bias against the defendant. It may also create a negative bias in the community against the defendant, which can make it harder for them to find a job or go about their daily life.
These negative impacts can make life harder for the defendant. Anyone who has had a restraining or protection order filed against them may wish to look into restraining order laws in their state to know what to expect.