If someone you have a close relationship with files a domestic violence-related restraining order against you in California, it can have a serious and considerable impact on many different aspects of your life. In order to have a restraining order filed against you, the person who requested the protective order must have said they felt threatened, harassed or stalked by you, or they may have done so because of a physical interaction that occurred between the two of you.

While the exact consequences you will face after having a domestic violence restraining order filed against you will vary based on a variety of circumstances, you may face the following penalties.

Travel-related restrictions

Your restraining order will likely stipulate that you cannot visit certain places, which may include a shared home or the place of business of the person who took the order out against you. It may also limit your ability to travel in certain areas by stripping away your right to, for example, cross state lines.

Residential restrictions

You may also, as a result of your restraining order, have to leave the home you share with the person who took out the order against you.

Restrictions with regard to your children

Depending on the circumstances of your situation, having a restraining order filed against you may mean that you are no longer able to visit with or contact your own children.

Restrictions with regard to gun ownership

If someone files a restraining order against you, you will not be able to purchase or own any firearms. If you already own one when the restraining order takes effect, you must sell, store or turn it in as long as the restraining order remains valid.

Restrictions with regard to immigration

Having a domestic violence restraining order taken out against you can also have serious impacts when it comes to immigration. If you are currently pursuing a visa or green card, the restraining order may inhibit your ability to do so.

The consequences associated with domestic violence restraining orders are severe, but not all restraining orders are filed out of genuine fear. Jealousy, spite and custody battles are among the other reasons loved ones sometimes take out restraining orders against one another.