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Harassment & Orders for Protection

At Stommes Law Office, the safety of our clients and their loved ones is of our highest concern. If abuse has occurred or you feel immediately threatened by the possibility of abuse, Stommes Law Office can assist you in assessing the situation and obtaining a Minnesota Order for Protection or a Harassment Restraining Order on behalf of yourself or on behalf of a family or household member.

Harassment Restraining Orders

We represent individuals accused of harassing another individual. The law provides for a very specific definition of “harassment.” It is important to understand how harassment is defined:

Minnesota law defines harassment as:

  • A single incident of physical or sexual assault;

  • Repeated incidents of intrusive or unwanted acts, words, or gestures that have a substantial adverse effect, or are intended to have a substantial adverse effect, on the safety, security, or privacy of another, regardless of the relationship between the actor and the intended target;

  • Targeted residential picketing; or

  • A pattern of attending public events after being notified that the actor’s presence at the event is harassing to another.

Whether acts are “repeated,” or whether they had a “substantial adverse effect” on someone is key to the case, as well as those that are seeking orders to stop harassment they are receiving from another individual.

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Orders for Protection

In Minnesota, an Order for Protection can be obtained if domestic abuse is alleged. Domestic abuse is defined as the following:

  • Physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, or assault between a family or household member;

  • Terroristic threats or criminal sexual conduct committed against a family or household member by a family or household member; or

  • Interfamilial sexual abuse committed against a minor family or household member by an adult family or household member.

In Minnesota, an Order for Protection is a civil order that prohibits the abuser from contacting the victim(s) or going to the victim’s place of work or residence. Minnesota Orders for Protection can include a provision for custody and parenting time to the extent necessary to protect the victim(s) and can also include a temporary child support order. Both of these orders can have serious consequences and it is imperative that if you are served with either order, that you contact us immediately.