Who is eligible for an order for protection against stalking and harassment?
You may file a petition for an order for protection against stalking and harassment if someone is stalking or harassing you (according to the legal definitions of those terms).1 The abuser may be someone in your family like a husband or relative or may be someone unrelated to you like a neighbor or co-worker.
1 See N.R.S. § 200.591(1)
The person stalking me lives in another state. Can I still file for an order in Nevada?
Possibly. Under Nevada law, harassment and stalking is considered to be committed in the place where the acts occur or in the place where the victim is located at the time s/he is harassed or stalked.1 So, for example, if you live in Nevada and the abuser lives in California, if the abuser sends you a threatening text message or email and you receive it in Nevada, the harassment can be considered to have been committed in Nevada. However, in order for a judge to issue an order against someone, the judge needs to have “personal jurisdiction” over that person. Personal jurisdiction means the judge has the power or authority over that person to make decisions that affect that person. A judge in Nevada has personal jurisdiction over anyone who lives in Nevada but if the abuser doesn’t live in Nevada or doesn’t have “substantial contacts” in Nevada, it’s possible the judge may not have jurisdiction (power) to issue an order against that person. This is complicated and so you may want to talk to a lawyer about your specific situation for advice.
1 N.R.S. § 200.581
How much does it cost to get an order for protection against stalking and harassment?
There is no fee to file for an order for protection against stalking and harassment.1 Also, there is no fee to have the order served on the abuser if s/he is in the state of Nevada.2
Note: After the hearing, the court may make the abuser pay some or all of the court costs and fees.1
1 N.R.S. § 200.592(1)
2 N.R.S. § 200.592(3)
Do I need an attorney to get an order for protection against stalking and harassment?
No, you do not need a lawyer to get an order for protection against stalking and harassment,1 but it is often better to have one. It may be in your interest to hire an attorney, especially if you think the abuser will be represented by one. You may be able to find an attorney on our NV Finding a Lawyer page.
1 N.R.S. § 200.592(2)(c)
What are the steps to get an order for protection against stalking and harassment?
The steps for getting an order for protection against stalking and harassment will be similar to the steps for getting an order for protection for domestic violence but you will need to fill out different forms.
Check on our NV Download Court Forms page to see if the forms are available online. Otherwise, you can get the forms at the courthouse when you go to file.