When An Order Of Protection Is Violated
In Colorado, orders of protection are far more complex than many people realize. If you violate an order of protection, you could face serious penalties, including jail time. It’s important to fully comprehend your original order of protection so that you can strictly adhere to the rules outlined within the order.
At McAdams Law Office, our experienced criminal defense attorneys can help you understand the order of protection as well as defend your rights if you were charged with violating a current order of protection.
Understanding Orders Of Protection
It’s important to understand that protection orders include more than just restraining orders or the result of harassment or stalking charges. You may receive a protection order if you were convicted of a DUI that would prohibit you from possessing or using alcohol. Protection orders accompany many criminal charges, and it is critical that you are aware of what an order entails so that you can fully abide by it.
You can be charged with violation of a restraining order or protection order if you broke any part of the order – whether that’s calling someone you aren’t supposed to, carrying a weapon or using alcohol. Violating any part of the protection order is considered a crime. You could even be charged with violating the order if the person named in the restraining order contacts you or shows up on your doorstep.
The Consequences Of Violating An Order Of Protection
Violations of protection orders are considered misdemeanors, though a conviction could result in up to 18 months in jail as well as hefty fines. If you’ve been charged with violating an order or protection, we will help to:
- Suppress evidence
- Ensure the original protection order was served correctly
- Scrutinize the credibility of witnesses or others involved
By thoroughly examining the alleged violations, we can help determine the most ideal course of action for your situation. Whether it’s through negotiating a plea bargain or getting the charges dismissed, we’ll help you understand your options so you can make an informed decision.