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PFS Protection From Stalking Order

What is a Protection From Stalking Order?

A protection from stalking (PFS) order is a civil court order that is intended to protect a victim of stalking.

You do not have to have a prior or current personal relationship with the person you want restrained, but you do have to prove that the person is stalking you.

The protection from Stalking Act (PFSA) contains three definitions that are important to consider if you want to file for a PFS order.

* First, “stalking” is defined as the “intentional harassment of another person that places the other person in reasonable fear for that person’s safety.” 

*Second, “harassment” is a “knowing and intentional course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, annoys, torments or terrorizes the person, and that serves no legitimate purpose.” 

*Finally, stalking and harassment must include a “course of conduct” on the part of the stalker, consisting of two or more separate acts over a period of time, however short, showing a “continuity of purpose” that would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress. 

*These three definitions should be read together when considering whether you qualify for a PFS order.

How to apply for a Protection From Stalking Order?

*You can fill out the petition form at one of our offices in your county. The petition must be filed in the county where the stalking occurred.

*If you are a parent or an adult living with a child who is being stalked, you may apply for a PFS order for the minor.

*The petition is then taken to the courthouse in your county to be signed and filed.

*If the temporary order is granted, you will be given a date and time for the final hearing.

*At the end of the final hearing the judge will decide whether to grant your request for a protection from stalking order.

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