How Can Stalking Orders Affect Your Life?

Arnold Law: The premier Oregon law firm for statewide stalking defense

Many people erroneously believe that an Oregon stalking order is no big deal since they never want to see the petitioner again anyway. Only later do they realize that their job prospects or living arrangements are compromised. Over the years we have seen clients affected in the following ways:

Employment problems due to stalking orders

It’s a bad economy. All other things being equal, if there are two qualified candidates and only one of them has a dismissed stalking order, guess who gets hired? We have had clients prevented from getting teaching jobs, care jobs (nursing, in-home care), etc. while a stalking order was in effect.

Loss of gun rights due to stalking orders

Your concealed firearm license is taken away while the case is pending until it is dismissed. We have had domestic violence victim clients who have been left unarmed due to former abuser filing a false stalking order. Also, you can’t hunt for the rest of your life if you lose a stalking order hearing to a former intimate partner.

Stalking orders to gain advantage in a custody case

Stalking orders can be a way to gain immediate custody. If you don’t fight the underlying order or at least its parenting time provisions aggressively, a later parenting time custody case could be severely compromised.

We have had clients who could have easily have won a stalking order hearing but instead ignored it for months. By the time a parenting time or custody trial comes around, the court sees that there has been a routine established with the child. Even if it is due to the Oregon stalking order, many judges are reluctant to change the routine that may have turned you into a part-time parent.

Damaging future romantic prospects

Do not underestimate the safety precautions taken by many women. A prudent woman will always search OJIN (court records) to see what sort of past relationships a prospective partner has had. It’s reasonable to assume that if you have had a stalking order in the past, even if it is dismissed, you might be an unacceptable risk.

A stalking order might cause you to move or change jobs

If the petitioner is a neighbor, lives nearby, or is a frequent customer at your work, you may have some life changes ahead of you.

Changing your routine

If you and your ex frequent the same bar or sporting events, you’d better find a new hobby or aggressively defend yourself with a competent lawyer.

Frivolous/False SPOs

Attorney Mike Arnold estimates that a majority of all stalking orders are either frivolous or clearly do not meet the statutory definition of stalking. Go sit in the the Lane County courthouse on Monday mornings and hear how many of these cases are clearly aimed at gaining an advantage in a custody case, revenge for a break-up, involve a neighbor dispute, or are based on annoying behavior that clearly is protected speech.

At Arnold Law we understand the collateral damage that a stalking order can cause.

Contact a Lane County Stalking Order Defense Attorney

Don’t risk a stalking protective order ruining your life. Make the best of your attorney choice. Call us at 844-920-2910 or send us an e-mail to schedule an appointment with a stalking defense attorney at our firm.

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