Gavel and legal documentPeople are served with restraining orders on a daily basis. While these orders are simply a piece of paper that can do nothing to prevent people from contacting one another, they are backed by law that has some serious teeth. If you are served with a restraining order in Orlando or beyond, there are some things you need to be sure you do — and don’t do.

1. Follow the Order

When you are served with a restraining order, read it carefully. Do not call the person who sought it and ask them what it is all about. Read it for yourself and consult with an attorney if necessary. You can also ask the law enforcement officer serving you to explain it more clearly. Contacting the person who sought the order will be a violation.

2. Stay Off Social Media

Do not broadcast your woes on social media. Even if you do not directly contact the named party, your rantings could be considered an attempt at contact. Any postings you make will be admissible evidence in court.

3. Keep Your Friends Quiet

If you have mutual friends or family members, urge them to keep quiet about the order and stay out of it. Well-meaning friends and family may attempt to communicate with the complainant who, in turn, can charge you with attempts at communication or intimidation.

4. Talk to an Attorney

As soon as you are served with a restraining order, you need to consult with an attorney. If you do not have an attorney presently, find one immediately. If you cannot afford an attorney, contact a local legal-aid society.

5. Get Ready for Your Hearing

When you are served with an order, you will be scheduled for a hearing. Restraining orders are temporary. Your attorney will ask you for the necessary information and guide you as to how you will testify. No matter what, remember that your conversations with your attorney are privileged. The more honest information you can provide, the better able your attorney will be to mount your defense.

If you have been served with a restraining order, call our office. A member of our team will review your case at no cost to you and provide you with your options. Call us now or browse our website for more information about our firm.