Have you ever heard someone say that before? We have. In most cases, it was a woman who was afraid of her partner, but desperately wanted to be out of her situation. And the threats we’ve heard over the years have been as varied as the women who’ve shared them with us. Have you ever been in that situation? Has your spouse or boyfriend ever threatened you? Maybe he threatened to take your kids and make it so you never see them again. He made it so that you’re afraid to leave them, despite the fact that you’re unhappy and afraid, because of what they’ve threatened to do if you go? If so, then this article is for you.
My boyfriend said if I ever leave he’s going to come find me!
Many women are afraid to leave their boyfriends and partners, because they’re afraid of being stalked. When a partner tells you that they’ll hunt you down if you ever leave, or that there’s nowhere you can go to hide from them, this is a stalking threat, which is illegal in Michigan. Stalking someone, which can include showing up at your home or work, calling you on the phone, and watching you while they’re running errands or socializing, can be managed by getting a Personal Protective Order.
A Personal Protective Order, also called a PPO, is a court order saying that your partner isn’t allowed near you, or sometimes not even allowed to contact you. If they violate that in any way they could go to jail. There are two types of PPOs available in Michigan – the Domestic Relations PPO and the Non Domestic PPO. Because it’s your boyfriend making the threats against you, you would need to file for the first one – the Domestic Relation PPO. This type of PPO works if the person threatening you is a spouse or former spouse, a current or former domestic partner, or the two of you have a child in common.
My boyfriend said if I ever leave he’s going to beat me up!
If you’ve ever been threatened with physical violence by an intimate partner, then you’ve been threatened with Domestic Violence, which is also called Domestic Assault. Here in Michigan, Domestic Violence is illegal, but so is making threats of physical violence against another person. No one is allowed to hit, punch, slap, kick, bite, burn, or physically harm another person. But it’s not just that. They’re also not allowed to threaten to do any of those things to someone else. Even just the act of threatening violence against someone else can get you into a lot of trouble!
If your boyfriend or spouse has assaulted you in any way, you need to report that to the police. And you need to know that you have options available to you to keep yourself and your children and pets safe. Getting a PPO can ensure that your partner, or former partner, isn’t allowed to come within a certain distance of your home, or have any contact with you, your children, or family pets.
Here at The Kronzek Firm, we can help you figure out your PPO.
Getting a Personal Protection Order can be a stressful process, but you don’t have to handle that alone. If you’ve been threatened or hurt by your intimate partner, we can help. However, if you’ve been on the other side of that equation, and been falsely accused of assaulting or stalking your girlfriend, we know what you’re up against and we can help.
Being falsely accused of a crime in Michigan can have a very negative impact on your future if it isn’t handled properly right from the start. So call 866 766 5245 immediately and talk to one of our aggressive and highly experienced criminal defense attorneys. And don’t forget to join us next time for more info on what options are available to you when your spouse or partner makes threats against you.