Restraining orders, also known as protective orders, are often associated with domestic violence situations. Restraining orders often do more than restrict the physical contact a person has with the alleged victim. Protective orders can limit the contact a person can have with the alleged victim by phone or email and can limit how close a person can get to the alleged victim’s house or car.
Restraining orders can be difficult to understand; it can also be difficult to adhere to the terms of a protective order. If a restraining order has been issued against you, it is essential that you understand the terms of the restraining order and for how long the restraining order has been issued so that you do not unintentionally violate it. At May Law LLP, we have professional Violation of Restraining Order Defense Lawyers in Farifax VA who can take you through the step-to-step guide in understanding a restraining order so that you are not in violation of one.
Violating a Restraining Order
You can be charged with violating a restraining order if you violate any part of the order. If you have a restraining order against you, it is best if you do not have any contact with the alleged victim. You can be found to have violated the order, even if you did not initiate contact. If the victim invites you to his or her house and you visit, you can be found to have violated the protection order. If you live near the alleged victim, you can be found to be in violation of the order if you are found within the prohibited vicinity of the alleged victim’s house. Those situations are extreme; however, that kind of situation is indicative of how easy it is to violate a restraining order.
Violation of a restraining order can result in jail time of up to 2 ½ years and thousands of dollars in fines. Additionally, because restraining orders often accompany other charges, a violation of a restraining order can have a negative impact on any related charges you are facing.
In addition to the penalties a court may impose, a charge of violating a restraining order can have negative effects on multiple areas of your life. It can cause problems with your ability to secure employment, your ability to successfully negotiate custody arrangements, or your immigration status.
If you have a restraining order issued against you, or if you have been accused of violating a restraining order, you need an experienced Violation of Restraining Order Defense Lawyer in Farifax VA on your side. It is possible to fight a charge of violating a restraining order. May Law LLP has successfully assisted numerous clients avoid the severe consequences often associated with these charges.
We are experienced in the law regarding Violation of Restraining Orders. May Law LLP knows how a protection order or restraining order can interfere with your life. We know how to address violation of protection order charges, and help you avoid compounding criminal consequences. We are here to serve you and will see you through the criminal court process and help you petition to modify or terminate any protective order that is no longer needed or appropriate. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.