Repercussions of Violating a Restraining or Protective Order


Remaining in a judge’s good favor is especially important if that judge may be sentencing you later. Compliance with a restraining order can help prove to a judge that you are an appropriate candidate for probation, a fine, or something other than jail. So, it’s important to talk to your lawyer about how to follow a judge’s ruling so you can avoid the repercussions of violating a restraining or protective order.

Criminal Repercussions for Violating an Order

A judge who finds evidence of a protective order violation may issue a warning, revoke the person’s bond, or hold them in contempt of court. The consequences could also include going back to jail, facing new charges, or having a bond amended.

It is also important to note that restraining order violations can impact the outcome of a pending criminal case. A defendant who is trying to get their domestic violence charges dropped but who also violates an active protective order would have a difficult time proving their innocence before a local judge. A person who has been accused of violating a restraining order should consult with an experienced lawyer to level the playing field and work with the prosecutors to either dismiss the charges, explain the situation, or mitigate the repercussions.

Admissible Evidence

Information such as alibis, the defendant’s explanation, or whether the contact was designed to get the defendant to violate it can all be used as evidence to explain to the prosecution how the violation happened. One of our dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys can assist you in avoiding or mitigating the repercussions associated with violating a restraining or protective order. Consider reaching out to Berry Law today to start collecting evidence that may otherwise be lost or destroyed over time.

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