***If you are in IMMEDIATE DANGER please CALL or TEXT 911***
Please carefully read the following notices about the information you may share during the course of seeking a protective order with the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. Once you have read it, check the "I agree…" at the bottom of this page and sign on the signature line. If you have any questions, please ask the Protective Order Unit staff of the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.
The Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office represents the State of Texas in this matter. During the course of seeking a protective order, the Assistant District Attorney assigned to your case does not represent you. YOU SHOULD NOT ASSUME THAT AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP EXISTS NOR SHOULD YOU RELY ON ANY VERBAL DISCUSSIONS OR INTERACTIONS WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO ASSUME OR CONCLUDE THAT HE OR SHE REPRESENTS YOU PERSONALLY IN THIS OR ANY OTHER MATTER. The Assistant District Attorney assigned to your case does not represent you, but rather, the State of Texas.
The Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office’s appearance in this matter is strictly limited to REPRESENTING THE STATE OF TEXAS in obtaining a family violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking or compelling prostitution protective order under Chapter 85 of the Texas Family Code or Chapter 7A of the Texas Rules of Criminal Procedure. This may include drafting documents, motions, responses, appearing in court, and other legal actions necessary to seek a protective order.
I understand and acknowledge that the Assistant District Attorney assigned to this matter REPRESENTS THE STATE OF TEXAS and that any information I communicate, disclose or share with the Family Justice Center, the Assistant District Attorney assigned to this case, or any person acting on their behalf, is NOT CONFIDENTIAL and may be disclosed during the course of seeking a protective order and to third parties as deemed necessary by the Assistant District Attorney, in his or her sole discretion.
I understand that in representing the State of Texas, the Assistant District Attorney must seek justice and exercise independent judgment and sound discretion. He or she DOES NOT REPRESENT ME and is not required to follow my specific wishes or desires in the handling of this case. I understand that even if I no longer want a protective order or disagree with the handling of my case, the Assistant District Attorney may proceed with seeking an order if he or she decides that to do so serves the interests of justice.
I understand that the role of the Assistant District Attorney is strictly limited to REPRESENTING THE STATE OF TEXAS in seeking a protective order and does not include assistance with any other legal issue. I understand the Office of the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney may prosecute any alleged criminal offense that may become disclosed while describing the same events for which I am seeking to obtain a protective order.
I, the undersigned Applicant, acknowledge and agree that any information I provide to the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, its attorneys or staff (referred to in this acknowledgement as "BCDA"), in the process of making an application for a protective order, and in pursuing a protective order is NOT CONFIDENTIAL OR PRIVILEGED.
I understand that the BCDA DOES NOT REPRESENT ME. Because of this, I understand there is NO ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE in the information or statements I may provide during the process of seeking a protective order. I understand that the BCDA may use and reveal any information provided, subject to any requirements of law which may make this information exempt from release to the public.
Before submitting this application to the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office for review, you will be asked to affirm that the information provided in it is true and correct to the best of your knowledge. A person commits the crime of perjury “if, with intent to deceive and with knowledge of the
statement’s meaning, he or she makes a false statement under oath or swears to the truth of a false statement previously made, and the statement is required or authorized by law to be made under oath or he/she makes a false declaration.”
PROTECTIVE ORDERS are a serious matter. The law limits who is eligible to even apply for one, which includes victims of: domestic violence, family violence, dating violence, human trafficking, stalking, and/or sexual assault. Our office will investigate each application thoroughly and will seek, on behalf of the State of Texas, a protective order for those that qualify based on the law and evidence. Failure to provide the requested information will delay your case and could even result in automatic rejection of your application.
Providing the correct legal assistance requires the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office to be aware of your current legal circumstances, including any pending legal litigation. The following questions are for that purpose.
Please complete the following fields with YOUR information.
Please understand that your safety is of the utmost importance to our office. Taking steps to protect yourself from the Adverse Party can be dangerous. In fact, studies show that it is the most dangerous time in an abusive relationship. Help protect yourself by providing contact information that is not accessible to the adverse party.
Please list your children (whether or not they live with you). Please also list ANYONE who lives with you.
If the protective order is granted you may need to designate someone to coordinate the exchange of children. Please identify a person (third-party) who you are comfortable "having do this for you".
Please complete the following questions with the Adverse Parties Information (The person you are seeking a Protective Order against).
For a Temporary Protective Order to be enforceable, the Adverse Party must be must be “served” before he or she can be charged with the crime of violating the protective order. Service is also necessary for you to receive a Final Protective Order from a judge. If the Adverse Party cannot be located at the addresses you listed above, what are some other places he or she may be found?
If known, please include the days of the week and times when the Adverse Party may be found at this location.
I understand that the respondent MUST be served for the Temporary Protective Order to be valid. I hereby give permission for Law Enforcement to contact me if there is additional information required for service purposes.
***Please be advised that using any profanity, curse words, foul or vulgar language will result in an error message upon submission and your application will NOT be submitted. ***By pressing submit your application will be sent to the Bexar County District Attorney's Office, Protective Order Unit. Please verify you have given an accurate phone number. Once the application has been received someone will contact you by telephone during normal business hours (Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm) to explain the protective order process. Should you have further questions call 210.631.0100 or visit the Contact Us page on our website.
***If you are in IMMEDIATE danger please CALL or TEXT 911***
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