Can I Decide to Drop (End) My Request for a Restraining Order?

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Once a person seeking protection files forms with the court, a hearing will be scheduled. There is no way to "drop charges" before the trial.

  • If the person seeking protection changes his or her mind about requesting a Restraining Order, he or she might consider talking to a counselor or attorney before dropping the request.
  • The case will automatically be dropped if the person seeking protection does not attend the Order to Show Cause hearing.

If the person requesting protection changes his or her mind AFTER the hearing and Orders have been made by the judge, the petitioner MUST file forms to change (modify) or drop (dismiss) the restraining order.

NOTE: It is important to file these forms so that the other person is not charged with violating a court order.


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