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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“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and…

“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and to us. We take pride in helping people move forward with their lives.”

Jason founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. He has received national media attention for his work in the area of divorce and family law.

Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A., after clerking for the (now retired) Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. He is an experienced trial lawyer, who handled a wide variety of cases (including civil commitment, criminal defense, probate, personal injury and commercial litigation) early in his career.

Today, Jason’s practice is dedicated exclusively to divorce and family law matters. He 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.

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.

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 obtained his B.S., magna cum laude, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his J.D., cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. While in law school Jason was a published staff writer and associate editor for the William Mitchell Law Review.

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.

Outside of the office, Jason plays the bass guitar and serves on the Board of Directors at Northgate Church. He and his wife, Cynthia, also an attorney, have two boys.