Violation of Restraining Orders
A restraining order restricts an individual from contacting, interacting with, and being within a certain distance from the individual protected under the order. Being cut off from your child, spouse, or significant other can create an extreme hardship on an individual. This difficulty in maintaining the court appointed distance from your loved ones can lead to an accusation of a violation of your restraining order. The violation of a restraining order usually leads to the immediate arrest of the accused individual. A violation of a restraining order can occur even if the person who requested the restraining order has a change of heart and wants to resume contact with the person served. If that is the case, the individual who requested the Protective Order would need to go back to Court and request that the Judge dismiss the Order. Until such time that an order is dismissed, any violation of the terms of the Order can result in criminal charges being filed.
An individual charged with violating a restraining order, or interfering with judicial proceedings, can be sentenced to jail and ordered to pay fines. If you have been accused of violating the terms of your restraining order, it is advisable to consult with an experienced Tempe criminal defense attorney immediately to discuss your options before making any decision in your case.Restraining Order Violations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe & the Entire East Valley
A violation of a restraining order, more specifically referred to as interfering with judicial proceedings, is a Class 1 misdemeanor and if convicted, you could be facing a maximum of 6 months in jail along with a fine of up to $2,500 (plus surcharge). If you have been convicted of violating your restraining order in the past, repeat violations can lead to more serious penalties and longer jail terms. In some cases, multiple repeat offenses can lead to more serious felony charges. Depending on the nature of the repeat restraining order violations, an individual can be charged with more serious crimes and face more serious consequences if convicted. Given how seriously these violations are taken by the Courts, it is advisable to consult with a criminal defense attorney who has the experience in defending against these types of accusations.
At the Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC you will find a Firm uniquely experienced to handle your case. Mr. Buckallew has been practicing exclusively in criminal defense litigation for nearly 20 years and is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist. Over the years he has gained the knowledge and experience necessary to defend against all types of criminal charges, including restraining order violations. He has a reputation for zealously defending each and every one of his clients and will seek to successfully defend you against the penalties of a restraining order violation. He personally handles each case from start to finish to ensure consistency and expertise throughout what is often a very stressful time in a person’s life and he wants to ensure the process is a smooth and seamless as possible.
Contact a Tempe domestic violence defense attorney today. Schedule a free initial consultation to discuss the best course of action in defending against these charges. We are available 24/7.