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Criminal District Attorney

Abelino "Abel" Reyna

219 N. 6th Street
Suite 200
Waco, Texas 76701
Phone: 254 757-5084
Fax: 254 757-5021
Protective Order Requirements

Protective orders exist to provide a civil legal remedy for victims of family violence. The Protective Order Department of the McLennan County Criminal District Attorneys 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 Attorneys 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 Attorneys Office, by clicking here, or calling 254-757-5084 to request one by mail.

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