Protective Orders

We represent clients seeking or defending against Emergency, Preliminary and Permanent Protective Orders. Recent changes in Virginia law have expanded the use of protective orders. A protective order can prohibit acts of violence, force or threat (as well as prohibit contact), and can be issued for a period of up to two years.


Once only available in cases of stalking and domestic violence, Virginia law now allows for the issuance of protective orders to protect the health and safety of individuals, including family and household members. In cases of family abuse, protective orders can grant the petitioner possession of the residence occupied by the parties including an order that the respondent maintain or restore utilities at the residence. In addition, the court has jurisdiction to grant possession of jointly owned motor vehicles and, if necessary, to order the respondent to provide suitable housing for the petitioner.


There are numerous consequences for the respondent of a protective order in addition to the prohibition of violence or contact against the petitioner. It is unlawful for persons subject to protective orders to purchase or transport a firearm. Individuals with concealed weapons permits subject to protective orders cannot carry a concealed firearm and must surrender the permit to the issuing court for the duration of the protective order.


If you are seeking a protective order or defending against the issuance of a protective order, it is critical that you are represented by an experienced trial lawyer. Call Janus & Stone, P.C. to discuss your case.