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Is there such a thing as a nation-wide order of protection

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Is there such a thing as a nation-wide order of protection? How can an assault victim fleeing a team of serial rapists that are terrorizing her ensure her safety before moving from one state to another.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 5 years ago.

If you are being stalked over several states, you can file a complaint with the FBI. Here are the Federal stalking laws, which I understand, the Federal government takes seriously, assuming you have enough evidence to give them probable cause to arrest.

If you are being stalked locally by people who live in your building and the police are not doing anything about it, in most jurisdications you can bypass the police, walk in off the street to the prosecutor's office, report the offense, say you are in fear for your own safety and ask for a criminal restraining order against the specific persons who are threatening you. Your neighbors will become defendants in a criminal case, and the order, which would last at least as long as the pendency of the case and potentially much longer depending on what happens, would subject them to arrest and additional sanctions if they violate its terms.
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