• T.J. S

    nothing..they are just called different things different places..like they call a DUI a DWI ….

  • tnmack

    These 3 orders are commonly thought to be the same thing, but they are not.
    “no contact order” : Generally, a verbal order from the judge for no contact between parties. Unless an officer or deputy remembers being in the courtroom, a report will be taken and forwarded to the judge. He can then issue a contempt of court warrant. Most departments will not make an arrest on a violation until the judge signs a warrant.

    restraining order: This is a civil paper ususally drawn up by an attorney (very expensive) preventing contact between parties. A violation can be reported to law enforcement, but ususally no action will be taken until you go back to court and inform the judge that a violation has occured. (This order is a waste of time and money)

    protective order: A written order from the court with detailed information concerning contact between parties. A copy of the order is sent to local law enforcement to keep on file. If an officer has reasonable cause to believe the order has been violated, he can IMMEDIATELY arrest the violating party.
    This is the only order in which the officer can make an arrest without having a judge issue a warrant.
    Often, protective orders contain a “no contact provision” often specifing no “direct” or “indirect” contact. This means he/she cannot even have another family member call on their behalf. When this provision is in effect, the only contact between parties is through attornies.

  • drew

    In Arkansas they are the same