Westport Protective Order Violations
Has a protective order been entered against you? In Westport, protective order violations, even unintentional ones, can carry hefty criminal penalties. Contact a top Westport defense attorney today to better understand your order and prevent violations.
What are the Different Types of Protective Orders in Westport?
Courts in Connecticut issue several types of protective orders depending on the circumstances. The terms of some orders may be narrowly drawn to prohibit only certain types of communications, such as those considered harassment. In some cases, courts prohibit parties from having any contact whatsoever. Provisions can also specify terms such as custody of children, visitation restrictions, and “move out” requirements that force one party to leave the family home.
Orders from Civil Court
Under C.G.S. §46b-15, civil protection orders may be obtained from civil court by someone who believes a family member or domestic partner is threatening or harassing them. These are referred to in Westport as “relief from abuse” orders or restraining orders. This type of protective order requires the parties to have a domestic relationship.
Courts may also issue civil protection orders to individuals who have endured stalking, sexual abuse, or sexual assault under C.G.S. §46b-16a. This provision allows a protection order to be issued against those who are not part of the family or household.
Orders from Criminal Court
Westport protective order violations frequently involve criminal protective orders issued by courts when someone has been charged with domestic violence. Most of the time, the order lasts only as long as the case. In some situations, however, courts will issue standing protective orders that may be of virtually indefinite length.
Is Violating a Protective Order a Felony?
Yes. Violations of protective orders of any nature are classified as either Class D or Class C felonies. Class D felonies are punishable by up to 5 years in jail, a fine of up to $5,000.00, and/or a period of up to 3 years probation. Generally, violations of protective orders are Class D felonies.
However, in certain situations, the violation may be a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail, a fine of up to $10,000.00, and/or a period of 5 years probation.
This increase may occur if the violation involves:
Ask a Westport Domestic Violence Attorney About Your Protective Order
Because violations of protective orders carry such severe penalties, it is essential for anyone facing charges to take the matter seriously. Additional violations may increase the penalties, so it is wise to seek advice from an experienced domestic violence attorney who can explain the details of protective order compliance.
The consequences of Westport protective order violations may be reduced by prompt intervention with the court. As soon as someone subject to the provisions of a protective order realizes their conduct may have violated the order, they should seek legal advice. Reach out to an experienced Westport Protective Order attorney at Mark Sherman Law today to schedule a consultation.