A protective order is a legal document that instructs an individual that he or she must stay away from you. A protective order is designed to help protect you from acts of violence, stalking, and similar behaviors by discouraging the individual from being near you. If that individual does violate the protective order, you can show the protective order to a police officer and have the individual arrested. Violation of a protective order is a felony which carries significant criminal penalties. If you fear for your own safety or the safety of a family member, visit law firms near Cumming to get personalized legal advice from family lawyers.