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Q: What is the defendants between TPO and a special bond conditions

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Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Roswell, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: The special Conditions of Bond flow against an arrestee when a crime has allegedly been committed. They exist during the pre-disposition portion of the case and if they are violated there are special charges that can apply.

A TPO is when a petitioner has asked the court to provide a layer of protection in a civil context. While a crime MAY have occurred, the protection granted by a TPO is fully based in civil law and there is not a prerequisite of an arrest.

The nutshell is that the protections are basically the same, its how they get put into place. A Special Condition of Bond is set by a judge as a condition of bonding out while a TPO is requested by the victim in civil court.

Violating these orders carries significant penalties such as Aggravated Stalking, and often lead to long periods of incarceration as Judges feel that the violator was already told by the court not to break the rules, and they did.

Get a lawyer before fooling with either of these, as the STATE gets to decide if they have been violated, not the victim.

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