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A Personal Protection Order (PPO) is a court order, signed by a Judge, that restrains named individuals from contacting you. A PPO is obtained by filing a "petition" for protection with the court. A PPO can provide important relief and protection in certain circumstances. But remember, filing for a PPO is a serious matter.
In order to determine if a PPO is necessary you must determine if you are at great risk of harm. To help evaluate the risk look at the following factors:
If any of those are happening, it may be necessary to take the serious step of filing for a PPO.
To get a personal protection order, follow these steps:
Contact the Police. The personal protection order is a court order which all parties must obey. If an act prohibited by the protection order is committed, then the violator / respondent may be found in contempt of court. First, however, you must report the violation. Call the police immediately - don’t wait a few hours or even a few minutes. Tell the police that you have a personal protection order and tell them what was done to violate that order. A listing of area law enforcement agencies is located in the ‘Law Enforcement Section" of the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Website. Once the police arrive they will make a determination whether they can arrest the respondent.
Personal Protection Order Violation Hearing At a hearing on a violation of a personal protection order, if the Court finds that a violation has occurred, the respondent can be sentenced to a maximum of 93 days in jail and / or be assessed a fine of not more than $500. If the Court finds that a violation has not occurred, the respondent will be released.
You have certain responsibilities for not causing the PPO to be violated. For example you cannot invite the respondent to come over to your house, you cannot go to the respondent’s house, you cannot go with or meet the respondent for dinner. You cannot socialize with the respondent on any occasion, including birthdays and holidays. Additionally, you cannot intentionally appear at a location where you know this person will be, with the intent of then claiming a violation of the PPO.
If you disregard or try to get around any of the Court’s no-contact provisions you could even be found in contempt of court. A PPO can provide you with security during troubled times. But it should not be abused or ignored.
If you have any questions concerning personal protection orders, the Victim Services Unit of the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office can be of assistance and can aid you in obtaining and enforcing a personal protection order in appropriate situations. The Victim Services Unit can be reached at 231-724-6676.
The Social Justice Commission is a non-profit charitable 501c corporation with the mission statement of:
We believe by keeping kids in school we can drastically reduce violent crime in our community. In a recent study, researchers found that dropouts are more than 8 times as likely to be incarcerated as those that graduated. Raising graduation rates by 10 % has been shown to reduce the murder and assault rates by about 20%. And 68% of inmates nationwide do not have high school diplomas. In a California study, researchers found that by cutting the dropout rate by 50% would reduce juvenile crime and save the State over $550 million dollars per year.
The studies that link truancy and crime are a matter of common sense. A kid that drops out of schools has less job opportunities and is more likely to be in trouble with the law. Ask any teacher or a police officer and they will all tell you that kids that do not attend school are the ones who are most likely to be committing the serious crimes in our community.
As representatives of your local government and your community we are asking that those of you who believe in the power of prayer, to be diligent and faithful in praying for these efforts and for peace in Muskegon County. Please also consider giving of your finances to sponsor kids who cannot afford the costs of these programs. Please also express your appreciation to the Muskegon Community Foundation and other organizations that financially support these programs. Please also get involved by offering your time and your talents by volunteering to help the kids of our community turn negative behaviors into positive opportunities. All you need to do is contact any social justice member and ask, “How can I help?” We will find a task for you that will positively impact the lives of our kids.