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January 10, 2020

What is a release order?

In counties with a population of 150,000 or less, there isn’t a requirement to provide emergency orders of protection after court hours. However, protection may be available through a registered release order. Within 24 hours of a person’s arrest for a domestic violence offense, the court must send a certified copy of his/her release order to the local sheriff’s office. In the release order, there are conditions that the abuser must comply with and these conditions can be made to protect you from the abuser.1 Examples of such conditions include staying away from the victim or participating in a counseling program.2

Each sheriff’s office keeps copies of release orders. The police can tell you where you can find the abuser’s release order to learn what conditions were placed on him/her.1

A release order can also be also issued if the abuser is arrested for violating an order of protection.3

1 A.R.S. § 13-3624(B)
2AZCADV, A Lay Advocates’ Guide to Arizona Law (2014)
3 A.R.S. § 13-3602(R)