Protective Order Requirements
Criminal District Attorney
Abelino "Abel" Reyna
219 N. 6th Street
Waco, Texas 76701
Phone: 254 757-5084
Fax: 254 757-5021
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
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, by clicking
or calling 254-757-5084 to request one by mail.