Courts can issue two types of orders that can prevent someone from having any contact with a specific person or from visiting a specific location. Anyone violating such a court order can face criminal charges. The two types of court orders are “protective orders” and “restraining orders.” Failure to follow the court’s order can cause the defendant to be taken into custody if out on bail or otherwise released. If you or a loved one has been charged with violating either one of these orders, Criminal Law Attorney Jake Brower stands ready to provide you with expert representation.
A protective order is intended to prevent a specific individual from having any contact with a particular person. Protective orders are common in domestic violence cases and can last for as long as the violator has been placed on probation, often up to five years. In certain instances, however, such as when the victim wishes to have contact with the defendant, the restraining order can be lifted.
The second type of order is a restraining order. While the judge or district attorney can issue a restraining order in connection with a criminal case, this type of order is more typically associated with a civil matter. Put briefly, anyone who can show evidence that they are subject to being harmed or threatened can, with the aid of an attorney at a hearing, can have a judge issue a temporary restraining order – and eventually a permanent restraining order.