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    Default Permanent Protection Order, No Criminal Record

    My question involves restraining orders in the State of: Colorado (El Paso County)

    I have a permanent protection order placed on me by Colorado (El Paso County) Court after leaving the Army in 2008 by my (now) ex-wife. I did not show up for the case because I was low on funds after leaving the Army, she won by default. I do not have a criminal record what-so-ever. I have never stepped foot in Colorado. I am still confused as to why this was placed on me. Nonetheless, I have to deal with it.

    I am in the process of filing a petition to remove said protection order (obtained a clean FBI background check, mailed background check to the court to process their own background check on me, and will soon file to remove order).

    Since leaving the Army, I have obtained the federal government's highest security clearance. I have also received my bachelors, now working on my Masters degree. I have not been in contact with the plaintiff since the order was placed on me.

    Will I need to prove my security clearance to the court?
    Having affidavits from my brother-in-law who is a cop and a sister who is a firefighter stating that I am and never was a violent person or a threat help?
    What else will help me prove my case to have the restraining order lifted?

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    Default Re: Permanent Protection Order, No Criminal Record

    By not turning up, you have effectively agreed with your ex's accusations. Your sister and brother-in-law cannot testify what you got up to behind closed doors; this is one of the times where a character witness may have helped you initially but not 5 years after the fact.

    Submit what you've got, and bear in mind that your ex-wife may be able to contest the removal.

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    Default Re: Permanent Protection Order, No Criminal Record

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    By not turning up, you have effectively agreed with your ex's accusations. Your sister and brother-in-law cannot testify what you got up to behind closed doors; this is one of the times where a character witness may have helped you initially but not 5 years after the fact.

    Submit what you've got, and bear in mind that your ex-wife may be able to contest the removal.
    I thought by not showing up you automatically give up your right to appeal?

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    Default Re: Permanent Protection Order, No Criminal Record

    Sounds like he wants grounds for it being dropped, rather than appealing.

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    Default Re: Permanent Protection Order, No Criminal Record

    Whatever Colorado provides for appeals following a default, a petition to modify a restraining order is not an appeal.

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