Civil Protection Orders (CPO)
Details of Civil Protection Orders (CPOs) in Columbus, Ohio
A civil protection order (CPO) is issued in the Columbus/Franklin County domestic courts when there is a domestic violence accusation where "immediate and present danger" is found. Civil protection orders are referred to as "CPOs". These orders are designed by the courts to protect individuals from future danger. Furthermore, CPOs are taken very seriously by the court system.
The document that an individual seeking a CPO must file is called a petition. In Franklin County, the Petition for a CPO can be found here. It is important to specify to the court exactly what has happened to bring a need for the CPO and who needs protection. CPOs can protect the person filing for the CPO, minor children, and/or other family/members or household members.
Steps to Filing a Civil Protection (CPO) Order in Columbus, Ohio
File a CPO Petition
This is a sword statement to the court setting forth the details of grounds for a CPO.
Ex-Parte Hearing with Magistrate
The petitioner will have an ex-parte hearing with a magistrate for temporary protection
Full CPO Hearing
Within 7-10 days, a second hearing is held where the petitioner will present their case and the respondent will have the opportunity to present their case.
Resolution of CPO
Upon hearing both sides, the Court will issue an order either granting or denying the CPO.
Defending a Civil Protection Order (CPO)
Our attorneys have decades of experience representing clients in CPOs. Moreover, our attorneys have represented thousands of clients in family law and domestic-related matters. Once hired to represent a client in a pending CPO matter, we will immediately retrieve a copy of the petition from the clerk's office and conduct a comprehensive review of your case. We know what the court is looking to see and how to best defend your case. We will take the time to put together all relevant evidence and prepare to defend you in court upon the date of the final hearing.
In order to establish a CPO, the petitioner has the burden of showing that they are in immediate and present danger of domestic violence. The petitioner needs to prove one or all of the following:
No person shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to a family or household member.
No person shall recklessly cause serious physical harm to a family or household member.
No person, by threat of force, shall knowingly cause a family or household member to believe that the offender will cause imminent physical harm to the family or household member.
Contact one of our attorneys to defend you in your CPO case.