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September 28, 2017

Am I eligible for a protection from harassment order?

If you, your family, your minor child, or your business has been harassed as defined by Maine law, you can file for a protection from harassment order.1  If you are a minor, see Can I file for a protection from harassment order if I am a minor?

You may file against a person, a family, or a business.  There is no special relationship requirement between you and the harasser.2  S/he may be a family member, neighbor, or co-worker.  The harasser may also be a family or business.  You may file against a minor (under 18) if that minor is emancipated or is represented by an adult parent or guardian.1

Note: If the harassment does not meet the definition listed in # 2 of What is the legal definition of harassment in Maine?, or is not related to an allegation of domestic violence, violence against a dating partner, sexual assault or stalking, you may have to file either a copy of the notice to stop harassing you that was issued by law enforcement to the harasser (explained in the law, here, in subsection (1)(A)) or a statement of good cause why you did not seek or get such a notice.2  If you are not sure whether or not you would need to seek out this notice in your specific situation, you may want to get advice from a lawyer.  Go to our ME Finding a Lawyer page for legal referrals.

1 See A Guide to Protection from Abuse and Harassment Actions on the Maine Courts website
2 See 5 M.R.S. § 4653(1)