Restraining orders are considered civil cases, but usually involve criminal allegations. If you have been served with a temporary restraining order (often referred to as a protection order), there can be serious consequences if the permanent order is made against you. Even if you have no intention of ever seeing the other party, a restraining order can make it easy to set you up for a violation and get you arrested. Our local police have a history of arresting people for violations based on the word of a so-called victim (even when the victim has a proven record of dishonesty and a felony record) and no other evidence. You may also forever lose your right to own weapons, costing you a military, law enforcement, or security career. And if there is a criminal charge against you, the restraining order hearing could be crucial to getting information for your defense. These cases are expedited in the court system, so call right away if you need help with this.