What Types of Protection Orders can be Issued by Ohio Courts? (Part 4 – The Stalking and/or Sexually Oriented Offense Protection Order (SSOOPO))

WHO MAY REQUEST:  Any person or a parent or adult household member on behalf of any other family or household member.

WHERE FILED:  Common Pleas Court (General Division) where the person(s) to be protected reside(s).

TERMS:  “Any … orders … that the Court finds necessary for the safety and protection” of the person(s) protected by the order.  No order can be waived or nullified by reason of the consent or invitation of the victim or a family or household member.  A petitioner may request that the respondent be electronically monitored.  After a full hearing on a monitoring request, or upon the court’s own motion, the court may order that the respondent be electronically monitored up to the expiration of the protection order.  The terms and conditions of the electronic monitoring are determined by the court.

PROCEDURE:  An ex parte hearing (in which the defendant is not notified and not present) must be held no later than the next court day after the petition is filed.  A full hearing must be held within 10 court days of the ex parte hearing.  The defendant must have notice and the opportunity to be heard at the full hearing.  The full hearing may be continued to a “reasonable time” if the defendant is not served, the parties consent, a party needs to obtain counsel, or for “other good cause.”  No filing fee may be charged.  The court shall direct that a copy of the order be delivered to the defendant on the same day the order is entered.

DURATION:  The SSOOPO lasts up to 5 years from the date of the issuing order.

ENFORCEMENT:  Law enforcement agencies are required to maintain an index of all protection orders.  (Nevertheless, it would be a good idea to keep copies of the order in your purse, briefcase, home, and vehicles.)  All law enforcement agencies in Ohio are required to enforce the order, regardless of whether or not the order is registered in that jurisdiction.

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