A restraining order is a court order placed against a person. It instructs (requires) the individual to either do, or not do a specific action. There are typically for types court orders that are used in situations that involve domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and sexual assault.
In most instances you will need an attorney to file a restraining order . According to this LegalMatch Law Library Article “Kinds of Restraining Orders”:
“Civil law orders are obtained directly from a lawsuit brought by the victim against the defendant. The victim must file a complaint in court and go through hearings in order to obtain the order. It may be wise for the victim to obtain an attorney to ensure the process goes smoothly. Criminal law orders, on the other hand, are sought by district attorneys on behalf of the victims. The criminal law orders typically have more authority than civil law orders, so if a criminal law order and a civil law order conflict, the criminal law order will be the binding one.”
In Houston, one may file a protective restraining order with out the assistance of a Houston Lawyer by contacting the Houston Police Department Family Violence Unit - Protective Orders.