Minneapolis, MN asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota

Q: Basic ofp order question.

If the petitioner stops at say a gas station and is unaware the respondent is there, is it up to the petitioner to leave immediately? I have an ofp on my ex and he has it in his mind that that if he is there first I must be the one to leave. (I have to fuel up at this station for work) Ofp states 1000ft is a 1000ft. Order is in beltrami county mn. Also claims anyone who is mutual cannot speak or interact with me as it would be a violation of the ofp

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Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Other way around. An "Order for Protection" ("OFP") in Minnesota will have a Petitioner and a Respondent, the two parties in the case. The only person who can be arrested and charged with a crime for violating the terms of the OFP, will be named in the OFP, and typically that will be the Respondent. Sometimes the court grants "mutual OFPs" which could restrict both parties, upon pain of arrest and prosecution (for the crime "Violation of an OFP"). Having said that, be sure to read it.

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