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If you were summoned to a court date and missed it, it is possible that a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. It is important for you to contact the court to find out if such a warrant was issued. You can call the court clerk to find out.
The court date and notice of hearing gave you the opportunity to challenge the issuance of a full order of protection. Because you missed the court date, a full order of protection is in effect. The temporary order of protection that you received first is no longer in effect.
You do have a right to challenge the full order of protection by filing a motion and appearing in court for a hearing. Here is the motion form that you will need to fill out and bring to the clerk of the court:
You may have to pay a fee. Ask the clerk of the same court that you received the order of protection from.
Here is a handbook to help you navigate the proceedings more:
If your motion to terminate is successful, you may be able to be reunited with your mother again. Make sure to follow the order of protection until that happens. You can be arrested and charged with a crime if you don't.
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