I am sorry to hear that; days like that are very difficult to get through; the good news is that there is a process called a Motion to Vacate Protective Order.
The relevant statutes are here
Basically, the court will allow a party to file a motion to vacate an order or judgment if there are reasonable grounds to do so. If the order was entered as a default order (ie the party did not show up) then the courts are more liberal in allowing this motion, precisely because the party did not get their day in court. While the court prefers finality of judgments/orders, they also value highly the justice process-which requires a person to have their day in court so they can present their side of the court.
With a default judgment, the court assumes that the party did not show up because they are not contesting the issue-as such, the court takes everything asserted by the plaintiff as fact, and thereby grants the requested relief.
If a party has a reason for not showing, then the courts are more liberal in allowing it, so it is a good idea to provide documentation (ie mechanic statement, tow truck receipt, etc)
And yes, an order of protection does remain on one's record so if possible it is a good idea to get it vacated.
As for defamation, the prosecutorial process provides the plaintiff immunity; however, one can bring an action for malicious prosecution- basically the same concept as defamation, and can sue for damages (ie attorney fees)
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