Westport Violation of Protective Order Lawyer
If you think that you may have violated the terms of a protective order, it is wise to contact a Westport violation of protective order lawyer as soon as possible. A top criminal defense lawyer familiar with protective order violations could help minimize the negative consequences.
What are the Penalties for Violating a Restraining Order?
The penalties for violating a protective order depends on the type of activity involved. In any case, violation is a separate, independent criminal offense.
When a violation involves harassment, threatening behavior, assault (including sexual assault), molestation, restraint, or an attack, then the violation may be considered a Class C felony. The maximum penalties for a Class C felony in Westport include imprisonment for up to ten years. In addition, the court may impose a fine of up to $10,000 and other consequences like probation. A minimum one-year sentence also applies, meaning that one year must be served.
Other protective order violations, including all violations of civil protection orders issued under Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) §46b-16a, are considered Class D felonies. Those convicted may be imprisoned for up to five year, required to pay a fine of up to $5,000, and may be sentenced to a period of up to 3 years on probation. A Westport lawyer could work to demonstrate that the circumstances surrounding the protective order violation warrant the minimum applicable penalty.
What if I Accidently Violated a Protective Order?
Unintentional violations may be treated just as seriously as intentional ones. In situations where a protective order prohibits all contact between parties, something as simple as a text message, social media post, or phone call to wish the children goodnight can be considered a felony offense.
To avoid violations, it is wise to speak to a Westport lawyer as soon as possible after you become subject to a protection or restraining order. An experienced attorney could help you understand what is and what is not allowed under the terms of the order. A defense lawyer could advocate for the modification of your protective order, and help you resolve the underlying charges that led to the imposition of your criminal protective order.
Work with a Westport Protective Order Violation Attorney
Violation of a protective order can have many undesirable personal and professional consequences in addition to the potential criminal penalties.
A Westport violation of protective order lawyer could work to negotiate minimal consequences if you have violated the terms of a protective order. Prompt action could make all the difference. For a consultation to learn how an attorney could help in your situation, call Mark Sherman Law.