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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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.

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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 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