To provide a civil legal remedy for victims of family violence. The Protective Order Department (POD) assists those seeking protection through the issuance of these orders.
Protective orders exist to provide a civil legal remedy for victims of family violence. The Protective Order Department of the McLennan County Criminal District Attorney’s Office assists those seeking protection through the issuance of a protective order.
Not everyone qualifies for a protective order. There are particular requirements that must be met and steps that must be taken for the Protective Order Department to seek a protective order on your behalf.
You or the abuser must be a resident of McLennan County.
You must not have an open criminal file with the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office. Having an open criminal file creates a conflict of interest for the Protective Order Department in seeking your protective order.
You must not currently be involved in a divorce or any kind of suit affecting the parent-child relationship with the abuser. If you are married and currently seeking a divorce, a protective order should be sought through your attorney.
You must be able to show that family violence has occurred. This means that the abuser has acted in a way intending to cause physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault against the victim. A threat that reasonably places the victim in fear of imminent harm may also be considered. .
You must be able to show that family violence is likely to occur in the future.
You must be willing to come in and submit an affidavit regarding the circumstances surrounding your need for a protective order.
You must be willing to attend a hearing before the court where the basis for your application will be presented to the judge.
You must be able to provide the Protective Order Department with an address where the abuser can be reached. For a protective order to be pursued, the abuser must be served with notice of the hearing date.
To get started with a protective order through the Protective Order Department, you must complete and submit a questionnaire detailing your situation. You can obtain the questionnaire by visiting the Criminal District Attorney’s Office, or calling 254-757-5084 to request one by mail.