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District Of Columbia Protective Orders

Code Section
16-1001, et seq.

Activity Addressed by Order
Enjoin contact; order counseling; exclude from dwelling and possession of other personal property; regarding minor children: temporary custody, visitations award court costs and attorney fees to petitioner

Temporary protective order: maximum 14 days. General protective order: maximum 1 year unless extended

Penalty for a Violation of Order
Misdemeanor: fine, maximum $1,000 and/or imprisonment: maximum 180 days

Who May Apply for Order
Any person or agency

Fees Waived

Transmission to Law Enforcement
Metropolitan police department

Civil Liability

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