Lifetime Order of Protection in Tennessee

Victims of domestic violence and certain felonies may obtain a Lifetime Order of Protection in Tennessee. The new law enacted as Tenn. Code Ann. §36-3-627 on July 1, 2021, allows certain felony victims meeting certain criteria to apply for a Lifetime Order of Protection.

Victim Defined

To apply for a Lifetime Order of Protection a person must be an individual who has suffered direct or threatened physical, emotional or financial harm as the result of the commission of a felony. A person may also apply if they are an immediate family member of a minor victim or a homicide victim.

Felony Defined

A victim is required to prove the respondent has been convicted of one of the following types of felony offenses against the victim:

  • Assault
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping for False Imprisonment
  • Sexual Offense

Other Requirements of Lifetime Order of Protection

  • A Lifetime Order of Protection request must be filed in the county where the respondent resides or where the offense occurred. It my also be filed in the county where the victim resides if the respondent is not a resident of Tennessee.
  • Remains in effect until the death of the victim or respondent.
  • Must prohibit contact between respondent and victim.
  • Must state penalty for violating the Lifetime Order of Protection.
  • Must state the Lifetime Order of Protection is enforceable in any county of this state.

Contact a Tennessee Order of Protection Attorney

Contact a Tennessee order of protection attorney to see if you are eligible for a Lifetime Order of Protection. David Scott has been representing clients in order of protection matters since 1996. Contact David Scott or Call (615) 896-7656 today to schedule a free consultation to discuss filing a Lifetime Order of Protection.