Violating a restraining order carries significant consequences. Don’t do it, no matter how compelling the reasons are. It is considered a crime, and thus you may be facing jail time and incur steep fines. As well, if you are in the process of a contested divorce, violating a restraining order can work against you in any child custody matter that you are going through. A criminal contempt of court sentence will then impact the lives of your children, as well.
Restraining orders and orders of protection are often filed in cases that involve domestic violence or harassment. Restraining orders impact issues like these:
- Your ability to stay in your own home if the person who took out the restraining order lives in the same home
- Your ability to have contact with any of your biological children if the person who took the restraining order out against you is the other biological parent
- Your ability to carry a handgun
- Your ability to contact the person in question by phone or email or even on a social media forum
There are many times when a spouse will file a restraining order at the time he or she files for divorce. If the filing of the divorce is a surprise, such a notice can be extremely upsetting and embarrassment. You may want to act to defend yourself by talking to the person who filed the order, but that is the worst thing you could do as it will threaten your future.
Contact Gregg A. Wisotsky, Esq., Partner, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC, criminal defense attorney in New Jersey. If you are facing a violation of restraining order charge, you need to make sure your rights are protected, as the stakes are too high. Speaking to an attorney about the potential fines and jail time you are facing and how to mount a strong defense in your behalf can provide reassurance and legal protection at a time of need.
At the law offices of attorney Gregg A. Wisotsky, Esq., Partner, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC, we offer prospective clients charged with crimes a free phone consultation. We can answer your questions, explain your rights and help you understand your options relating to a criminal charge.