How to Differentiate between restraining or protective orders
If someone violates a protective order, there are — the remedy would be the police would be involved. You'll get arrested. So, basically, a protective order is usually good for two years, and it has all the specific things you cannot do. For instance, you can't go by that person's — within 200 feet of them or their residence or their employer. So it has some very specific things. A restraining order is different. It's a standard thing that's given that's a mutual thing where it just says be nice to each other, don't hit, hurt or harass, where a protective order is more — is stronger, it's more specific, and it will be fought by the other party more, possibly. So it depends on your particular situation whether you want a restraining order or a protective order.