You should not send her an email. If you do you should plan for her to have you arrested. I cannot tell you how many countless people have done what you are considering only to find themselves sitting in jail and charged with a crime. If you are convicted of violating the protective order it can have lifetime consequences, such as Brady Bill disqualification where you are prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Also you sending her an email would demonstrate to the court that you do not want a protection order. People who do not want contact do not typically initiate it.
As far as needing a lawyer, that is for you decide. You can contact one in your area see what they charge and what they think can do for you. Once you have had the hearing, you can't get a lawyer and try again on the same set of facts.
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