Protective Order Violations in Montgomery County
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Have you been accused of violating a protective order in Montgomery County? You could face a slew of criminal penalties including fines and jail time. Our attorneys at Steinmann Law Firm are dedicated defense lawyers who will advocate for your rights as a defendant in the face of criminal accusations for protective order violations, such as in the context of family violence. We bring decades of experience to the firm and have a winning track record that you can trust. The law can be harsh toward individuals accused of family violence; protective order violations will not be handled lightly, but Steinmann Law Firm will be equally stringent in our defense for you in court.
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What Is a Protective Order?
Alleged victims of domestic or family violence can apply for a court order to protect them from further stalking or sexual abuse. These “protective orders” can set different terms prohibiting the alleged abuser from making any contact with the petitioner, and there are different kinds of protective orders for domestic abuse, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking.
A protective order can include terms like:
- requiring you not to hurt, threaten, or harass the petitioner or their children, either directly or indirectly;
- prohibiting you from committing further family violence;
- prohibiting communication with or through a protected individual or household member in a threatening or harassing way;
- prohibiting communication of any kind, whether in person, through social media, or through any other electronic means;
- requiring you to stay away from the petitioner, their family, their home, their workplace, and their children’s daycare or school;
- granting care, custody, or control of a shared pet or companion animal to the petitioner;
- taking away your firearm carry and possession rights;
- ordering you to pay child support and/or medical support;
- setting modified terms and conditions for visitation with any children you have together with the petitioner;
- ordering you to move out of the shared home, even if you own the home (also called a “kick-out order”);
- ordering you to attend anger management classes;
- ordering you to attend a substance abuse treatment program;
- ordering regular or occasional drug testing.
Penalties for Violating a Protective Order
Protective orders are legally binding court orders. Violating any terms of a protective order is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and up to $4,000 in fines. The violation can be charged as a third degree felony punishable by 2-10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines under the following circumstances:
- you have previously been convicted for such an offense two or more times; or
- you violated the protective order by committing assault or stalking.
One of the most common reasons a person violates a protective order is by communicating with the protected individual in the hopes of clearing up any issues. If you have a protective order against you, do not fall for the temptation to confront the protected individual, even if they reach out to you first. Any conduct prohibited in the court order could result in a criminal violation. Even accidents or honest mistakes may constitute a violation.
If you have questions about the order against you or how to proceed if you have been accused of a violation, reach out to our seasoned defense lawyers at Steinmann Law Firm. We can combat your charges and protect your rights in the face of unfair accusations.
Schedule an initial consultation with Steinmann Law Firm immediately to get started on your defense.
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