Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

Survivors of Sexual Assault Handbook

A PPO is an order from the court to the stalker that prohibits certain activity. If the stalker violated the order they could be sentenced up to 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

A PPO Can Prohibit the Stalker From Any or All of the Following: Entering the property where you live or work, appearing within your sight, following you, assaulting you, threatening you, calling you, possessing or buying a gun, or any other conduct that interferes with your personal liberty.

Who Can Get a PPO? If you currently have, or have had in the past, one or more of the following relationships to the perpetrator: spouse, dating, have a child in common, or reside in the same household OR if the stalker is a stranger and has committed any of the prohibited behaviors listed in the above paragraph.

Filing for a PPO: The paperwork is available at the county clerk’s office. You can fill it out on your own, have someone at SAPAC help you, or retain an attorney. You can request that the PPO be signed by the judge without having to go to trial. However, the judge may order a trial in order to show good cause for why the PPO should be issued. The PPO goes into effect immediately when the judge signs it. If there was no trial and the PPO was signed by the judge, the stalker will have 14 days after they are served to request a trial. If the judge does not sign the PPO, they are required to give a written reason for why they did not sign it.