A restraining order is a court order that has been granted that is designed to keep two people apart. If you have a restraining order issued against you, you must stay away from the specific person or persons named in the order and must not have any contact with them. There are different types of restraining orders including:
- Emergency Protective Order (EPO)
- Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO)
- Criminal Protective Order (No Contact order)
- Civil Harassment Restraining Order (CHO)
One of the most important things to understand about restraining orders is that they may be in effect even before you know about it. A restraining order is granted by a judge and then you must be served with the order. The order specifically states the reason for the order, the conditions of the order, and the length of time the order will be in effect.
If you are the recipient of a restraining order you must take precautions to ensure that you follow the specific orders. If you violate the terms of the restraining order, you can be found in contempt of court. At that point, the violation will be treated as a criminal offense. As a criminal offense, a conviction will result in serious penalties including possible jail time, restitution, and probation.
When you are accused of violating a restraining order you need to take the charges seriously. The best thing to do is to immediately hire an experienced criminal attorney. The attorney will work to defend your case and keep you from going to jail, if possible. Your attorney will investigate the violation charges and determine if they were filed improperly. If this can be proven, you may be able to have the violation case dismissed.