Do you have to have proof when you go to court for an EPO?

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Do you have to have proof when you go to court for an EPO?

My ex-boyfriend has been following me around when I leave my residence, has been harrassing me over the computer and in person, and also came to my last previous place of living. Would I need proof when I go to court for this?

Asked on June 10, 2012 under Criminal Law, Kentucky

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Well an EPO is an Emergency Protective Order issued by the circuit court in Kentucky to someone who is considered to be in "immediate danger." This ensures that the complainant is legally protected from the alleged abuser's contacting them for a 14-day period. In Kentucky, protective orders do not cover:

  • victims of stalking and harassment and
  • a victim of abuse whose abuser is someone other than:
    • a family member, or
    • someone you live with as a couple or have lived with as a couple, or
    • someone you have had a child with.

But assault, stalking, and harassment are against the law and you should immediately report it to law enforcement and/or file a criminal complaint at the district court clerk’s office in the county where this occurred. Good luck.



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