What happens to my protection order if the abuser goes to jail or prison?
In Wyoming, if during the time that you have a protection order, the judge sends the abuser to jail or to prison; the length of time that the order is in effect gets extended. If the abuser goes to jail partway through the effective length of an order, then the remaining length of the order is paused until the abuser is released. Once the abuser is released, the order will be in effect for the remaining amount of time set out in the order, or for one year, whichever is longer.1 For example, let’s say you get a three-year protection order and then six months later the abuser is sent to prison for five years. When the abuser gets out of prison, your order will still be valid for another two years and six months.
1 Wyoming Code §§ 7-3-510; 35-21-106(b)