The state of Minnesota provides two excellent options for addressing harassment: orders for protection and harassment restraining orders. Although similar in many respects, these orders hold several key differences, which tend to prompt confusion among petitioners. Many of these distinctions involve the following eligibility standards:

Petitioner Relationship

Depending on the type of order sought by the victim, the relationship between the petitioner and the respondent may play a key role. To qualify for an OFP, the petitioner must meet at least one of the following eligibility standards.

  • Blood relative of the respondent.
  • Currently or previously resided together.
  • Pregnant with or already have a child together.
  • Are currently or were previously involved in a romantic relationship.

With HROs, no specific relationship needs to be established between the petitioner and the respondent.

Additional Eligibility Standards

Beyond the relationship considerations, OFPs maintain a variety of additional eligibility standards. To qualify, the victim must have suffered either physical harm, bodily injury or assault or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault.

As with OFPs, HROs are available to any victims who have suffered physical or sexual assault. Additionally, individuals can petition for HROs if they endured unwanted words, gestures, or acts that prompted an adverse impact or were “intended to have a substantial adverse effect on the safety, security, or privacy of another.” To qualify, however, such acts must have occurred on more than one occasion.

As a victim of abuse or harassment, there is no need to allow fear to dominate your daily life. An OFP or HRO could make all the difference. At the Brown Law Offices, we can help you secure the protection you need at this difficult time. Contact us to learn how we can assist you in obtaining the appropriate order based on your unique situation.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has…

Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator, in divorce and family law cases throughout Minnesota. He frequently writes and speaks concerning divorce and family law issues, including several invitations to present seminars for the Minnesota Judicial Branch in St. Paul.

Beyond family law, Jason has represented hundreds of clients accused of a serious crime, including arson, fraud, unauthorized computer access, burglary, felony strangulation and obstruction of justice. He also provides estate planning services.

Local media appearances by Jason include WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Outside of the office, Jason enjoys playing the bass and electric guitar and spending time in the north woods of Wisconsin.


Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Notable Cases
  • Representation of Four Grandparents in Minnesota’s First Quad-Parenting Adoption
  • Representation of Client in Minnesota’s First Same-Sex Divorce
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2000
  • US District Court – District of Minnesota, 2002
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1997
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper