In addition to pressing charges, an individual can obtain a personal protection order at the Genesee Circuit Court, 2nd floor-east located at 900 S. Saginaw Flint, Michigan 48504.
A personal protection order is a civil protection order against domestic violence that provides a combination of civil and criminal remedies to prevent abuse. A person may file for a protection order against a spouse or former spouse, a person with whom the petitioner has had a child in common, a person who resides or who has resided in the same household as the petitioner, a person with whom the petitioner has or has had a “dating relationship.” A violation of a personal protection order requires proof by a preponderance that the respondent has committed one of the refrained from actions listed in their personal protection order which may include:
- Enter onto the premises
- Assaulting, attacking, beating, molesting, or wounding a named person
- Threatened to kill or physically injure a named person
- Removing minor children from the person having legal custody of them, except as otherwise authorized by a custody or parenting order
- Interfering with the petitioner's efforts to remove the petitioners children or personal property from the premises solely owned or leased by respondent
- Purchaing or possessing a firearm
- Interfering with the petitioners at the petitioner's place of employment or engaging in conduct that impairs the petitioners employment relationship or environment
- Doing any other specific act that imposes upon or inerferes with personal liberty or that causes a reasonable apprehension of violence
The Genesee County Prosecutors Office prosecutes domestic violence under MCL 750.81 which states in pertinent part: "an individual who assaults or assaults and batters his or her spouse or former spouse, an individual with whom he or she has or has had a dating relationship, an individual with whom he or she has had a child in common, or a resident or former resident of his or her household, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00 or both."