Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
Good afternoon. I'll be assisting you with your question.
Unfortunately, you are not eligible to get a protective order.
The law limits the categories of people who can get a protective order to those in a particular relationship with the abuser. These include a spouse, ex-spouse, people living together at the time of the assault or who have lived together within one year before the assault occurred, persons having a child together, or persons in an intimate relationship (significant romantic involvement that does not have to include sexual involvement).
You can, however, tell them to not contact you. If they continue to do so, you can report them to the police for criminal harassment.
well, i'm a little confused. i was just reading in the just an. archives of someone who was seeking a protective order against a neighbor and he didn't know her name. she has been yelling at his mentally challenged daughter. he was adivised to file the order against a jane doe. so, i'm not clear what the parameters are for getting a protective order. can you clarify. thanks
Are you sure it was a question relating to Iowa?
Below is information from Polk County, Iowa on protective orders:
Do you have any questions?
well, i looked at your link for polk county. it appears to pertain to people in relationships. i just don't understand. do i have to put up with my brother's crap even if it leads me to suicide.
You can tell him to not contact you anymore. If he does with the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm you, you can call the police and report him for criminal harassment.
well, i'd have to call police on all of them and it would be my word against theirs. what's definition of criminal harrassment.
Here is the statute: http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/cool-ice/default.asp?category=billinfo&service=iowacode&ga=83&input=708.7
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).