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What Happens If You Violate A Restraining Order?

Dealing with a restraining or protective order being taken out against you can be difficult enough. One thing that you certainly shouldn’t do is violate a restraining order. Even if you think the order is nonsense or that you had a good reason for contacting the person who took out the order, you are going to land in some serious trouble. You’ll want the assistance of a Des Moines criminal defense lawyer.

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Will I Go To Jail if I Violate a Restraining Order?

You could easily end up in jail if you violate a restraining order. In most cases, a violation will result in a contempt hearing. The court made an order and you ignored it, so you are held in contempt. The judge can decide to send you to jail for at least seven days. How long you ultimately end up staying can depend on a few factors. If you have steady employment and ties to the community, that can work in your favor. If you have pending charges against you, have failed to appear in court in the past, or have a criminal history, this can make matters worse for you.

In addition to jail time, you could also be forced to pay court fees and the plaintiff’s attorney fees. If you are under investigation for domestic abuse, you could face harsher penalties.

What Actions Violate a Restraining Order?

There are some actions you need to avoid if you don’t want to violate your restraining order. You obviously cannot show up on the doorstep of the person who took out the order, but other forms of communication are also forbidden. You cannot call and you cannot text. You also should not try to pass along a message through a friend or family member.

Some people think that they can talk sense to someone when they take out a restraining order, but this is just too risky. This person has involved the legal system, so now you need to involve the legal system too.

What Other Penalties Can I Face?

You should also be careful about violating a restraining order because legal consequences are not the only ones that you can face. Some things to worry about include:

  • Your professional reputation
  • Losing custody rights
  • Loss of the right to own a firearm
  • A suspension of your license
  • Obstacles your pending immigration status

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Now that you know how serious these orders are, you should realize that you need help. A defense attorney from our firm can help you defend yourself from a restraining order in the right way so that you can avoid any complications or legal headaches.

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So if you find yourself on the wrong side of a restraining order, contact Herting Law, PLLC. We can make sure that you do not violate a restraining order, and we can help you defend yourself from any accusations.

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