A Protection Order is a legal document signed by a judge prohibiting a person from contacting the petitioner. A Protection Order violation is a Class I misdemeanor. Protection Orders are civil matters, but a criminal charge results when a Protection Order is violated. A Protection Order may be obtained at the Beadle County Clerk of Courts office, located on the second floor of the courthouse in Huron. Questions about obtaining a protection order can be addressed to staff in the clerk’s office at (605) 353-7165.
If a criminal charge has been filed by the State’s Attorney’s Office, the victim may request that the attorney in court ask the judge to order a No Contact Order as a condition of bond. A No Contact Order is an order signed by a judge prohibiting the defendant in a criminal case from having any contact with the victim while out on bond. If the defendant violates either a Protection Order or a No Contact Order, the victim should contact the police immediately. Although the violator may be gone by the time the police arrive, victims should still have the police complete a report to forward to the State’s Attorney’s Office.