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When can someone file a personal protection order against you?

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

In Michigan, a personal protection order is a legal instrument designed to protect individuals from threats, harassment or harm from someone they know. It can restrict a person from entering certain areas, contacting the person who filed it or carrying out certain actions. While these orders aim to safeguard individuals from potential danger, you might find yourself on the receiving end of a PPO.

If someone files a PPO against you, you need to understand the reasons why this might occur. It is also important to remember that a PPO is not a criminal conviction but rather a preventative measure taken by an individual who feels threatened or endangered.

Domestic violence

One common reason for a PPO involves accusations of domestic violence. Domestic violence covers actions such as physical harm, sexual assault or threats of violence against someone with whom you have a close relationship. This relationship could be a current or former spouse, someone you are dating or a family member. If an individual alleges that you have committed such acts, they might file a PPO against you.


In Michigan, stalking involves a pattern of behavior that causes someone to feel terrorized, frightened or harassed. This behavior could include following someone, showing up at their home or workplace uninvited or sending unwanted messages. If someone believes that you are stalking them, they may seek a PPO to prevent further contact.

Sexual assault

A person may also file a PPO against you if they accuse you of sexual assault. This could happen whether the alleged incident involved a single occurrence or multiple incidents. The person does not need to file a police report to get a PPO based on sexual assault.

If you find yourself facing a PPO, it is important to respect the order to avoid legal repercussions. Having someone serve you with a PPO can be a serious situation, but understanding the reasons behind it can help you navigate this legal measure.