What is a Protective Order and do I need one?

A Protective Order is a legal document granted by either a magistrate or judge to protect the health and safety of a person who is the victim of any act involving violence, force, or threat that results in bodily injury or places that person in fear of death, sexual assault, or bodily injury. This document serves to protect the victim from potential harm by ordering that the offender not have contact with the victim. Click here for more information on protective orders. You can also follow up with a Victim/Witness Advocate for more information at (804) 693-4995. 

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1. What does the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office do?
2. What does the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office not do?
3. Will the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office prosecute my case?
4. Must I come to court?
5. Who do I contact regarding a criminal investigation?
6. Who will advocate my interests as a crime victim / witness?
7. Can I drop my charges?
8. Who is the Freedon of Information Act (FOIA) Officer?
9. I haven't reported the incident to law enforcement, can you still help me?
10. What rights do I have as a crime victim?
11. What is a Protective Order and do I need one?
12. What is a Victim Impact Statement?
13. I have medical bills after the crime. Is there help for me?
14. How can I find out if an offender is in custody?
15. What are the different stages of a criminal court case?