Know the Laws: Maine
UPDATED July 29, 2016
A restraining order or protective order is a legal order issued by a state court which requires one person to stop harming another. In Maine, there are protection from abuse orders for domestic violence victims or for elderly, dependent, or incapacitated adults, as well as protection from harassment orders, which are all explained below.
Some restraining orders are issued in criminal court and some are issued in civil court.
A civil order that protects you from harm by a family or household member or dating partner and also protects ALL victims of stalking and sexual assault.
If you, your family, or your business has been harassed, you may be able to get a protection from harassment order against the harasser regardless of his/her relationship to you.
A civil order for adults who are over 60, dependent, or incapacited and who are being abused by an extended family member or an unpaid caregiver.
Your Maine protection order can be enforceable in another state.
If you are planning to move to Maine or are going to be in Maine for any reason, your protection or restraining order may be enforced.