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Legal Information: South Carolina
Updated: December 8, 2020
What protections can I get in a permanent restraining order?
A permanent restraining order can order the respondent not to:
- abuse, threaten to abuse, or bother (“molest”) you and members of your family;
- enter or attempt to enter your home, workplace, school, or other location; and
- communicate or attempt to communicate with you or members of your family.1
An emergency restraining order issued by the Magistrate’s Court can provide the same protections.2
1 S.C. Code § 16-3-1910(K)
2 S.C. Code § 16-3-1920(I)
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