The Basics: What Is a Restraining Order and How Can It Help You?
In New Mexico, the law distinguishes between a “restraining order” and an “order of protection.” The main concept behind both is that a court needs to intervene on behalf of a person because someone else is “hurting, threatening or harassing” them. Restraining orders and orders of protection are similar because they are both entered by courts. These orders bind the person against whom they are issued from bothering or interfering with someone else. For example, they may prevent domestic violence, stalking, assault, or physical or mental abuse.