Madison Restraining Order Lawyer
What are Temporary Restraining Orders?
If an individual poses an immediate threat to another person, the court may impose a temporary restraining order. This type of protective order is only valid until a preliminary hearing can be held and lasts a maximum of 30 days.
Those who have been served a temporary restraining order should tread lightly until the hearing. This includes adhering to all of the rules outlined in the order, such as not engaging in any form of verbal or physical contact with the accuser. Violating a temporary restraining order often makes it harder to defend against the request for a permanent restraining order.
You will also want to consult with our experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. We can take several actions to begin formulating a strong defense, including collecting evidence related to the alleged incidents, interviewing witnesses, and gathering documentation that proves your innocence.
What Can a Permanent Restraining Order Do?
Although temporary restraining orders can cause pain and inconvenience in a person’s life, the most devastating consequences come with permanent restraining orders. These orders can last anywhere from several weeks to a few years.
Specific requirements vary from case to case, but could include:
The Defendant May Not Call, Text, Email, Attack, Stalk, or Disturb the Victim
The Defendant Must Move Out of a Home Shared With the Victim
The Defendant Must Stay a Certain Distance Away From the Victim
The Defendant is Not Permitted Within a Specific Range of the Victim’s Job, School, or Home
The Defendant Must Surrender All Firearms and is Prohibited From Purchasing New Ones
The Defendant Must Attend Mandatory Counseling, Such as Anger Management Classes
What are the Consequences of Violating a Restraining Order?
Restraining order violations can be severely punished. Typically charged as a misdemeanor, this type of offense carries penalties of up to 6 months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. Alternatively, the defendant could be charged with contempt of court, which can also result in imprisonment and fines.
Do Restraining Orders Have Authority in Other States?
You should also be aware of the enforceability of restraining orders across state lines. If a victim moves to another state, they do not need to file for a new order. For their current order to take effect, they simply need to register it with the court or police department in their new state. When this step is completed, the same conditions of the restraining order apply.
Contact Our Criminal Defense Team Today
The Coon Law Firm, PLLC is here to help you retain privileges that might otherwise be taken away by a restraining order. Whether someone has filed for a protective order against you, or you have been accused of violating the terms of your order, you can depend on our team for the representation you need.