LAKE WORTH FL VIOLATIONS OF A RESTRAINING ORDER LAWYER
The experienced criminal defense lawyers at Arnesen Law represent clients charged with domestic violence offenses, including felony battery, sexual battery, and stalking in Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens. In fact, Jay Arnesen is a former police officer who used to make arrests in domestic violence cases. Now, let him use his training and experience to combat your domestic violence charges.
Domestic violence criminal charges are often accompanied by a restraining order. It is important that you hire an experienced domestic violence attorney who understands the system and who can walk you through the process while protecting your rights. Contact our Boca Raton or Fort Lauderdale offices anytime at 561-419-9630 for a free initial consultation.
“As a former police officer, I used to help prosecute these charges for the State. Now, let me use my training and experience to combat these charges for you in court.” Jay Arnesen, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney
Violations of a Restraining Order in Florida
A violation of a restraining order can occur at various stages throughout the process in a domestic violence case. For instance, a criminal charge for a violation can be brought against a defendant during both the Temporary Restraining Order period and after the Final Restraining Order is issued. “Contempt” is the legal term used to indicate any offense involving a violation of a restraining order.
A violation of the TRO, which includes a “no contact order,” banning the defendant from having any contact with the alleged victim, will result in criminal charges for contempt because it represents a violation of one of the conditions of pretrial release under Florida law.
After a Final Restraining Order has been issued, there a wide variety of offenses which constitute contempt violations, all of which are enumerated in Chapter 741, Section 31 of the Florida Statutes.
741.31, which pertains to all violations of injunctions for protection against domestic violence, also known as “restraining orders,” provides, in pertinent part:
commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Potential Penalties for Violations of a Restraining Order/Contempt Charges
As indicated in the section above, violating a restraining order is classified as a first degree misdemeanor criminal charge. As a result, those convicted of this charge, known as “contempt,” may be sentenced to a maximum term of 1 year to be served in the county jail as well as fines of up to $1,000. In addition, defendants who are found guilty of contempt may also be required to attend a batterers’ intervention program as a condition of their sentence.
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