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Legal Information: Wisconsin

Restraining Orders

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July 16, 2020

Do I have to register my protection order in Wisconsin in order to get it enforced?

As long as you can show the officer a valid out-of-state protection order or a valid Canadian protection order (or the law enforcement officer determines that a valid foreign protection order exists by contacting the appropriate authorities), s/he can arrest the abuser if there is probable cause to believe that the abuser violated the terms of the order. A certified copy of the protection order is not required for it to be enforced.1

1 Wis. Stat. § 813.128(3g)(b)(1), (b)(3); 813.1283(3), (5)