If you’ve suffered sustained abuse or harassment, it’s in your best interest to take legal action. Multiple options are available in Minnesota, including orders for protection and harassment restraining orders. These decrees restrict access to victims of harassment, allowing them to feel safer and more secure. The relief provided by such measures can differ dramatically, however — as can the filing process.

Filing Fees

No filing fees are assessed when petitioning for OFPs. HROs, unfortunately, may prompt fees of up to $324. However, these can be avoided in select cases. For example, petitioners can sidestep fees if they are deemed indigent (incapable of paying) or are victims of criminal harassment.

Available Relief For Approved Petitions

While both OFPs and HROs provide legal protection, the extent of this varies based on the nature of the order. With OFPs, for example, the alleged perpetrator may be removed from the petitioner’s home by a law enforcement official. Additionally, temporary custody or parenting time arrangements could be provided if deemed in the best interest of affected children. OFP petitioners may also request that weapons be removed from the offending party’s home.

HROs do not allow for forcible removal by sheriffs, although respondents could be prevented from returning to the property in question. Furthermore, HROs lack provisions regarding weapon possession or temporary child custody arrangements. These orders remain worthwhile, however, as they limit contact with victims and require alleged harassers to cease problematic treatment.

Ready to file for an OFP or HRO? With strong legal support, these orders could be well within reach. The legal team at the Brown Law Offices takes your safety seriously. We will make every effort to provide the protection you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about your options — and how we can help.

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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.