File a Restraining Order in Utah Quickly and Easily

File a Restraining Order File a Restraining Order in Utah Quickly and Easily

How to File a Restraining Order in Utah

There are events in your life when you become uncomfortable or have violent interactions. These situations may require legal action and a restraining order against one or more individuals. If you live in Utah and are considering getting a restraining order on someone who is threatening you and negatively impacting your quality of life, you have a right to make that request. With the help of DoNotPay, you can request a restraining order in Utah and go through the process to make it official. 

What Is a Restraining Order?

The purpose of a restraining order is to prevent close interaction between two parties. For a restraining order to exist, one party who feels threatened will request a restraining order. Depending on your state, there are various laws surrounding what constitutes a restraining order, when it can be asked or what events are essential for this to happen. States like California, Texas, and Florida have different rules and regulations surrounding restraining orders compared to Utah.

What Constitutes a Restraining Order?

To get a restraining order, you need to have a case already opened that refers to at least one of the following events:

  1. Violence
  2. Stalking/ Harassment
  3. Threatening
  4. Damaged Property

One or more of these events must have happened between you and the party you are requesting against for it to be valid. 

Does Utah Have Laws for a Restraining Order?

There are more requirements for a restraining order in Utah than just having a case against that person.

  • The process must be followed, primarily through different forms.
  • Restraining orders are applied temporarily once the request is made and approved by the hearing.
  • If children are involved in the situation, the party that is being restrained may have children removed from the home if there is a concern for violence.
  • Expect to provide testimony in response to the request.
  • Restraining orders are not approved if there is an adverse effect on the public interest of the person.

Some specific laws and stipulations will determine if the restraining order is legal and applied. Remember that all restraining order requests are not honored based on different situations.

What Qualifies for a Restraining Order in Utah?

There are two types of protective orders in Utah.

Temporary Ex Parte Protective OrderThis type is granted if the judge sees that domestic violence or abuse has occurred or will occur. Its purpose is to protect you and other parties from harm.
Final Protective OrderThis type can only be issued after a court hearing in which both you and the abuser have presented evidence to tell your sides of the story. This type lasts for three years.

How Can I Get a Restraining Order?

If you are looking to get a restraining order in Utah, you will need to go through a series of steps. 

  1. Request a restraining order. This is not an application but notifies the proper authorities that a request is made and an application is needed.
  2. Complete the application for a temporary restraining order as long as you meet the requirements above. You will need to pay any fees for this process at this time.
  3. Make all safe attempts to notify the other party that you have applied for a restraining order in this request. If you cannot do so, you must make the court aware of why and the safety concerns you are experiencing.
  4. Go to the courts where the current case is, and complete documentation that states a TRO is on file.
  5. Wait for the documents to be served to the other party.

You must follow each of these steps to ensure that the restraining order is valid and is applied as requested.

Will It Go Into Effect Immediately?

The temporary restraining order will take effect as soon as a judge reviews it. A hearing will be conducted during the next 14 days to meet with the judge and plead your case for the restraining order. The temporary restraining order can only be in contact for 14 days or less, so they will be assigning a claim to the order sooner rather than later. 

What Happens After a Restraining Order Hearing?

When there is a hearing for your restraining order in Utah, you can expect both you and the restrained party to be present. Have your lawyer there to advocate on your behalf and expect the other party also to have a lawyer present. Bring any evidence you have indicated that you are not safe, which is in the public’s best interest. The judge will declare during the hearing, maintain a permanent restraining order, or end the temporary one. Once a determination has been made, both parties must honor the court’s decision, or they will otherwise be in contempt of court, facing fines and consequences of jail time. 

Can DoNotPay Help Me Request a Restraining Order?

If you want to make a request for a restraining order, use DoNotPay to notify the proper authorities with the following steps:

  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.

Once the request is made, you will be contacted and directed to the formal application.

That Was Easy. How Else Can DoNotPay Help Me?

In addition to helping with a restraining order request in Utah, DoNotPay can assist with other needs in your life:

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