Do I really need an attorney for a PSVI hearing?
The short answer is yes. Please remember that this is a legal proceeding. While the statute does not require a petitioner to have an attorney it is a very good idea to have someone who can advocate on your behalf to the court. Unlike the hearing with the judge that occurred in chambers when the petition was filed initially, this will be before a judge in open court. Furthermore, if the defendant has an attorney and you do not you may be at a disadvantage in court.

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1. What is the Protecting Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation (PSVI} Act?
2. What does a PSVI order do?
3. How long does it take to file a petition for a PSVI?
4. When is the Court available for the filing of petitions for PSVIs?
5. What if I can't get to the Court during those times or show up too late to file?
6. Who Can Obtain a PSVI Order?
7. How Do I file a petition for a PSVI?
8. When is the hearing?
9. Do I really need an attorney for a PSVI hearing?
10. What Can a PSVI Order Do?
11. How Much Does a PSVI Order Cost?
12. Once I leave the courthouse what do I do with the PSVI?
13. What If an Abuser Violates the PSVI Order?