If you find yourself the subject of a protective order, you need to follow the rules. If you do not, you could face new criminal charges. But, what amounts to a violation of a protective order?
Every protective order is unique. That being said, here are some of the most common ways you might violate a protective order:
Getting in touch with your accuser
If the issue at hand involves domestic violence, then the protective order may require you to keep a certain distance between you and your accuser at all times. It may also require you to avoid any contact with your accuser either directly or through a proxy.
Calling, texting or contacting your alleged victim through social media could amount to a violation of the restraining order. The same is true of sending something as harmless as a Mother’s Day or birthday card. Even if your accuser contacts you, don’t respond.
Refusing to leave the home
If the protective order relates to a domestic violence charge, the court may direct you to leave the home you share with your accuser. A law enforcement officer will often accompany you to collect your personal effects.
Of course, this may sound (and feel) unfair, especially if the claims against you are false. However, returning to the property while the protective order is still on can lead to a violation.
The terms of the protective order can be incredibly heartbreaking and, at times, life-altering. However, it is important that you adhere to them. Find out how you can protect your rights when a protective order has been issued against you.