How long does an order of protection last in New York?

The duration of an order of protection, also known as a restraining order, varies depending on the case. A temporary order of protection is issued while a criminal proceeding is ongoing and remains in place pending further investigation or until the next court appearance. The order typically expires just before the end of the case. 

In New York, a temporary order of protection can be renewed for as long as the case lasts. If warranted, the judge has the option to replace it with a permanent order of protection once the case concludes.

The order typically remains in effect for a year. In some circumstances, it can last up to five years. On the other hand, the court may determine a permanent order is unnecessary if you prove your innocence or there is a lack of evidence.

If you are the subject of an order of protection or have been charged with contempt of court for violating an order, you should speak to a qualified New York defense attorney as soon as possible. Brill Legal Group is experienced in protecting the legal rights and freedoms of our clients.

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