Protective Order Violations in Tarrant County
Have you, a friend or a loved one been arrested and charged with violating a protective order in the Fort Worth or DFW area? A protective order/restraining order is an order issued by the court mandating that you refrain from participating in certain activities related to the person who filed for the protective order. You will be required to refrain from contacting, communicating, threatening, hurting or in any way harassing the named person or persons in the protective order.Even answering the door or phone call from the person who filed a protective order against you can violate a protective order. Failure to strictly comply with the specific requirements of the protective order usually results in a warrant being issued for your arrest for violation of a protective order.
Violating a Protective Order of Children’s other Parent
If you have children with the person who filed the protective order things can quickly become very complicated. The judge will want you to maintain a relationship with your children, and will usually try to work out a scenario that may involve contact with the other parent to coordinate pickups, visitation, parenting coordination, and other activities. The judge will set very strict guidelines in cases like this that must be adhered to or a violation of the order may be filed.
Usually a judge will require that you attend family counseling, parenting, and anger management classes. In addition, they will usually require that any communication between parents of children that have a history of violence in their relationship to only communicate using easily monitored channels like email and text, but not always. A lawyer for protective order violations can help negotiate a reasonable setup with the judge if possible.
What is the Punishment for Violating a Protective Order?
In most minor cases, the crime of Violation of a Protective Order will result in being charged with a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a Tarrant County jail sentence of up to 1 year in Tarrant County jail and up to $4,000 in fines.
However, if it can be proven at trial that you have been convicted two or more times of violating a protective order, you could be facing a third degree felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to 10 years and up to $10,000 in fines.
Additionally, the manner in which you violated a protective order can also have a large bearing on the type of punishment you might receive if convicted. This is especially true if you are charged with assault with serious bodily harm, accused of assaulting with physical contact, or any other malicious accusation of violence against the person the order is supposed to protect. That is why it is so important that you contact a violation of probation attorney who has experience defending charges like this.
If you have been accused of violating the terms of a protective order, you need to contact The Hampton Law Firm immediately. Because protective/restraining orders are commonly associated with family violence and stalking cases, it is common that false accusations and conflicting emotions are involved with these types of cases.
Contact a Defense Attorney for Protective Order Violation
You need a protective order violation lawyer on your side in Court. Jeff Hampton of the Hampton Law Firm is an aggressive, effective defense attorney who will carefully investigate and analyze your case to fight the charges against you. Call 817-435-2909 now to schedule a free consultation with our firm,