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Idaho Protective Orders Laws

Idaho can be the perfect place to fall in love, whether your relationship starts in downtown Boise or atop Borah Peak. And while some romances can survive some ups and downs, not every Gem State romance is written in stone.

If your fairy tale relationship had a scary ending, possibly with violence or the threat of violence, you may be wondering how to the law can protect you from a dangerous ex. Here are the basics of protective orders laws in Idaho.

Protective Orders Laws

Generally known as "restraining orders," protective orders are judicial orders requiring the person named in the document to remain a certain distance away from the person seeking the order. Protective orders are most often requested by abused spouses and exes, although children and stalking victims may also use them to keep an abuser away.

Protective Orders Laws in Idaho

The chart below highlights Idaho’s protective orders statutes.

Code Section

Idaho Statutes 39-6301, et seq.: Domestic Violence Crime Prevention

Activity Addressed by Order

Enjoin contact; exclude from dwelling; regarding minor children: grant temporary custody; pay court costs and attorney's fees; counseling

Duration of Order

Maximum 3 months unless renewed, maximum 1 year. Ex parte temporary protective order: maximum 14 days, can be reissued

Penalty for a Violation of Order

Misdemeanor: maximum 1 year jail and fine, maximum $5,000

Who May Apply for Order

Family or household member, even if person has left dwelling to avoid abuse. Custodial or noncustodial parent or guardian may file for minor.

Can Fees Be Waived?

Yes, court may order respondent to reimburse petitioner court fees

Order Transmission to Law Enforcement

On or before next judicial day

Civil Liability for Violation of Order


Protective orders aren’t perfect, but they can provide victims of domestic violence and other abuse with criminal recourse if an abuser does not obey an order. And protective orders remain in place and enforceable nationwide: federal protection order law requires Idaho to honor and enforce valid protection orders issued by another state, and vice versa.

More Resources for Protective Orders Laws in Idaho

Domestic violence and abuse is scary. And obtaining and enforcing a protective order can be emotionally and legally confusing. FindLaw’s section on Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders can provide you with further articles and information on this topic. If you would like legal assistance with a domestic violence or protective order matter, you can consult with an experienced Idaho domestic violence attorney in your area.

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