Restraining Orders & Injunctions

Do you need to protect yourself against someone who is harassing you and won't leave you alone, or against a spouse or boyfriend or girlfriend who has committed acts of violence against you? If so, your best course of action may be to get a restraining order.

In Wisconsin, a "restraining order" is an order of a court that legally prevents a person from:

  • Coming into contact with another person
  • Being at that other person's home, workplace, or any other place they may be temporarily
  • Harassing or threatening to commit physical violence against that person
  • Damaging or threatening to damage property of that person

While in college, attorney Jessa Nicholson worked at a domestic violence shelter, which encouraged her to seek a law degree so that she could advocate for individuals facing difficult times. Since that time, she has worked as a successful criminal defense and family lawyer. Whether you need to obtain or contest a restraining order, our firm can help.

How to Obtain a Restraining Order in Wisconsin

In legal terms, the restraining order is a temporary order of the court that can be granted by a judge or court commissioner after a person files a petition for a temporary restraining order and injunction. If the petition contains sufficient allegations, a temporary restraining order (TRO) will be granted and a hearing will be scheduled.

The TRO is in effect until the date of the hearing. At the hearing, a judge will determine whether or not to grant an injunction, which puts into more permanent effect the same or similar prohibitions as the TRO. An injunction can be in place for as long as 4 years. A person who violates the terms of a TRO or an injunction can face criminal charges.

There are three main types of restraining orders, which you can learn about on our "types of restraining orders" page.

We Can Help You Bring or Contest a Restraining Order

If there is someone who just won't leave you or your family member alone, pursuing a restraining order and injunction may help. Additionally, if someone has taken out a restraining order against you, it's important to protect yourself from having a court order in place against you based on allegations of things you didn't do.

The Madison attorneys at Nicholson, Gansner & Otis, S.C. can assist you in obtaining or contesting a restraining order or injunction and protecting yourself, your family, your reputation, and your future. Call us today for a free 30 minute initial consultation — 608-620-0018.