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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of April 5, 2024

What protections can I get in an anti-stalking order?

You can get the same protections in a temporary and final anti-stalking order (ASO). A judge may order any or all of the following:

  • that the respondent not commit or threaten to commit any crime against you or anyone else named in the order;
  • that the respondent stay away from and/or have no contact with you, or any other people or locations named in the order;
  • that the respondent give back or stops using property that you own together or that you own individually;
  • that the respondent pay your costs and attorney fees;
  • that the police department take action that is necessary to enforce anything ordered in the ASO;
  • that the respondent stay away from and not harm any animal you own;
  • that the respondent must do, or not do, any other actions that are necessary for your safety; and
  • that the respondent cannot own firearms or ammunition and that the respondent must turn in any firearms or ammunition to the police.1

1 D.C. Code § 16-1064(c)