Personal Protection Orders

A Personal Protection Order (PPO) is an injunctive order that prohibits a person from specified conduct or stalking.

Obtaining a PPO

There are 2 ways to obtain a PPO. You can ask for one in a case already in court, or you can file a new case asking for an order. If you are requesting a new PPO, obtain and complete the summons and request for a Personal Protection or Anti-Stalking Order from the County Clerk’s Office. The clerk will then open a new file by assigning a case number and determine who the judge will be. There is no fee for filing a case that solely seeks a Personal Protection or Anti-Stalking Order.

Violations of a PPO

Violation of a PPO can result in a criminal contempt of court finding. The punishment for contempt of court can include a jail sentence of up to 93 days and/or a fine not to exceed $500.