A Step-by-Step Guide to Filing a Restraining Order in NM
It might be a stranger is following you around or an old employee or romantic partner is threatening. Whatever the situation, you feel like this person is a real danger to you, and you want help keeping them away from you. You might be considering asking for a restraining order in New Mexico.
A restraining order in NM can help to keep you and your family safe from someone who has made threats against you or hurt you in the past. However, the process of getting a protective order in New Mexico is a legal one, and you probably don't want to go to the expense of hiring an attorney. DoNotPay can provide you with the paperwork and file it for you.
What Is a Restraining Order?
As a legal instrument, a restraining order is a document that outlines how close another person can come to you. It can also forbid them from contacting you by phone, text, or any other method. After the judge issues a restraining order, the other party is notified about the constraints on their behavior towards you.
A restraining order in NM is used in domestic abuse cases. As part of the restraining order process, the judge can award temporary custody and outline a visitation schedule or stop visitation altogether. However, these are temporary custody arrangements, and you'll need to arrange for permanent custodial arrangements.
Reasons to Get a Restraining Order
You need to prove to a judge that you're in real and immediate danger from another person before they'll issue a restraining order. It can't be something, such as a disagreement with your best friend. A restraining order in New Mexico is a serious matter. Some reasons to seek a restraining order include:
- A person has already used violence against you.
- Someone damaged your property violently, such as throwing a rock through a window.
- When you leave a domestic abuse relationship and believe the other person might seek retribution.
- Someone has made serious and credible verbal threats against you or your home.
How Long Does a Restraining Order Last?
In New Mexico, restraining orders are meant to be a temporary measure, and they're typically only issued for a year at most. At the end of the year, you might still believe that there's a clear and present danger from the other party. You can ask the judge to extend the period of the restraining order. The judge might extend it or even make the protective order permanent.
What Happens if a Restraining Order Is Violated?
As a legal instrument created and signed by a judge, there are repercussions when someone violates a restraining order. You should immediately call the police if you have a restraining order against someone, and they violate the terms. In most cases, the police will arrest the person and hold them on Contempt of Court charges. The person stays in jail until they go in front of the judge that signed the order. The judge has a lot of latitude to jail or fine the person.
How to Get a Restraining Order in New Mexico by Yourself
If you want to get a restraining order in New Mexico on your own, you need to take these steps:
- Gather your evidence and fill out the necessary paperwork.
- File the paperwork. In New Mexico, you'll need to submit the paperwork in the county where you live to the Clerk of Courts of either State Court or Family Court.
- Attend a hearing and provide your evidence to the judge.
- It's always a good idea to pay for multiple certified copies of the restraining order and carry one with you at all times.
Solve the Issues of Getting a Restraining Order in New Mexico With the Help of DoNotPay
When you need a restraining order in New Mexico, you don't have a lot of time, and you feel constantly frightened. You can take the easy route and let the DoNotPay app handle the details for you. The app is easy to navigate, and it only takes a few minutes.
How to apply for a restraining order with the help of DoNotPay:
- Search for relationship protection on DoNotPay.
- Answer a few easy questions on our File a Restraining Order product.
- Submit the form and you’re done!
DoNotPay will compile for you the forms you need to fill out and give you detailed instructions for how to file for a restraining order in your jurisdiction. Stay safe!
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