Orders of Protection (commonly known as no-contact orders) are sometimes sought by parties who allege that they are the victim of abuse, harassment, stalking, or any other prohibited act perpetrated by a household or family member. Keep reading to learn more about criminal consequences for the violation of an Order of Protection (hereinafter “OP”). Or, click here to learn more about obtaining an OP.
Orders of Protection often prohibit the Respondent from verbally or physically contacting the Petitioner (protected party), including contact at the Petitioner’s residence, place of employment, or any other specified place where the Petitioner is present, or making contact with the Petitioner inside a specified area measured in feet.
A violation of an OP is a criminal offense, in-and-of itself when the Respondent knowingly violated the OP. A first violation is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. A second violation is classified as a Class 4 felony. Further, the method by which the Respondent violated the OP (for example: by committing domestic battery, telephone harassment, kidnapping, or stalking, just to name a few) can be prosecuted as an independent criminal offense. The level of classification of the offense is determined by the nature of the independent criminal offense.
If you are charged with Violation of an Order of Protection, you need an experienced and effective attorney as your advocate. You can call us at (309) 734-1001 or fill out the contact submission on the Home page, and we will discuss the facts of your case and your options. This consultation is free, and there is no obligation to hire us after the consultation.