A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Restraining Orders In Los Angeles

File a Restraining Order A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Restraining Orders In Los Angeles

A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Restraining Orders In Los Angeles

Nothing is worse than feeling unsafe. Obtaining a restraining order in Los Angeles for your protection should be easy. DoNotPay has all the information you need to begin the process and get some rest knowing you are protected.

Who Can Get a Los Angeles Restraining Order?

Restraining orders are meant to keep one individual away from another by legal means. They are enforceable by the police, and contact with the victim can cost the defendant. The Los Angeles Police Department will not just hand over an order of protection to anyone who walks in and claims that another person has been harassing them. There is a specific criterion to be met. You can request a restraining order when you can show proof of:

  • Domestic violence
  • Stalking
  • Workplace Violence
  • Elder abuse
  • Threats of violence

While not a comprehensive list of reasons to obtain a restraining order, there has to be an actual threat to the victim for the issuance of the restraining order.

How Much Does One Cost?

While the issuance of a restraining order in Los Angeles does not cost anything, other fees may be involved before and after the decree. For instance, you'll need to pay the lawyer's fees and possibly be charged for filing and court hearings if you obtain a lawyer before filing for a restraining order. You will want to consult a legal authority during the process if only to educate yourself on the restraining order process better.

What Criteria Does Los Angeles Require for Restraining Orders?

As mentioned above, specific criteria need to be met to issue a temporary restraining order. A sworn statement—otherwise known as an affidavit—will be taken when there is no physical proof to show for the order. A restraining order can be issued for:

  1. Unlawful violence (physical abuse)
  2. The threat of violence that is believed to be serious with no valid reason
  3. Stalking
  4. Harassing contact, including calls, texts, emails, messages on social media

Los Angeles Restraining Order Laws

Every state has its restraining order laws and criteria. Consult the table below to find out the restraining order rules in other states.

TexasCaliforniaNew York
IllinoisNorth CarolinaOhio
GeorgiaVirginiaWashington State
ColoradoNew JerseyPennsylvania
South CarolinaMinnesotaAlabama
Washington DCKansasKentucky
LouisianaNew MexicoIdaho
Rhode IslandIowaNew Hampshire


In Los Angeles, the temporary restraining order may be issued in an emergent situation due to the on-call telephone orders the police may be able to obtain. This will be in effect for five court days until a temporary restraining order or permanent (3-5 year) restraining order can be issued.

Obtain a Los Angeles Restraining Order on Your Own

Before you obtain a restraining order, you'll have to collect the proof unless you are afraid for your life. The fastest way to get a restraining order at any time of the day is to visit the Los Angeles police department. Alternatively, you can call 911 to receive help in a dangerous situation, and the responding officers will assist with your needs.

Who Serves Los Angeles Restraining Orders After They’re Granted?

Once a restraining order is granted, the defendant has to be served the papers for the order to be valid. A deputy from the Los Angeles police department will visit the defendant and explain the order. If they break the order, they can be subject to arrest, fines, and jail time.

Breaking the order includes contact through:

  • The internet
  • The phone
  • The mail
  • Social Media
  • Through a third party, unless designated by the court

Get a Los Angeles Restraining Order With DoNotPay's Help

If you feel safe in your immediate situation but fear going to work, school, or even the grocery store, DoNotPay can assist you with applying for and receiving a restraining order without leaving your home. Even if you use it through a friend's computer, you can get the order to the authorities quickly and easily.

How to Apply for a Restraining Order in LA With the Help Of DoNotPay

  1. Search for relationship protection on DoNotPay.


  2. Answer a few easy questions on our File a Restraining Order product.


  3. Submit the form and you’re done!


That's it. The application gets sent to the authorities, and they will contact you with the next steps. Stay safe in your home, friends' home, or shelter, and apply for the protection you need with the help of DoNotPay's fast and easy service.

What Else Can DoNotPay Help Me Manage?

Once you have your application and your restraining order filed, you can breathe easily. Take the time to check out how DoNotPay can assist with financial and civil issues like suing in small claims court. Check out more topics:

No matter what state you are in, DoNotPay wants to help you stay safe.

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