Legal Information: Michigan

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
August 16, 2016

Who is eligible for a non-domestic sexual assault personal protection order?

A non-domestic sexual assault personal protection order (PPO) can be issued against someone who is not a family or household member who has committed sexual assault against you or threatened sexual assault against you.  In addition, a minor may be eligible to apply against someone who gave him/her obscene material.  (Note: If you have one of the domestic relationships described here, you would file for a domestic relationship PPO instead.)

You may be eligible to file for a nondomestic sexual assault personal protection order if the respondent has done one of the following:

  • previously been convicted of a sexual assault against you;*
  • has not been convicted of sexual assault but has subjected you to, threatened you with, or placed you in reasonable fear of sexual assault;**
  • previously been convicted of giving you (if you are a minor) obscene material;* or
  • given you (and you are a minor) obscene material but has not been convicted of this crime.** (Note: Obscene material is defined as written material containing obscene language, or obscene prints, pictures, figures or descriptions tending to corrupt a child’s morals. You can read the full definition on our MI Statutes page).

* MCL § 600.2950(2)(a)
** MCL § 600.2950(2)(b)