• February 11

Honoring Order of Protection Terms

If you have been accused of domestic abuse, you may be the subject of an order of protection. Although orders of protection are often referred to by slightly different terms in various jurisdictions, the idea behind these orders is the same. Essentially, whether they are well-founded or not, these orders serve to protect potentially vulnerable parties from those who may pose a genuine threat to those parties.

If you are the subject of an order of protection, you may be tempted to violate its terms for any number of reasons. Perhaps you need to retrieve property from the dwelling where the protected party is currently residing. Perhaps you need to discuss co-parenting topics with the protected party. Or, perhaps, you simply want to talk with the protected party for any one of a million different reasons. No matter why you may be tempted to violate the terms of the order of protection in question, DON’T. As an experienced domestic violence lawyer – including those who practice at The Law Office of Daniel J. Wright – can confirm, violating these terms may not only compromise the strength of your defense against any domestic abuse charges you may be facing, doing so could land you in jail. If you have minor children, your child custody rights could also be compromised as a result of your order of protection violation.

Dealing with Order of Protection Terms Successfully

Instead of violating the terms of the order of protection, connect with an experienced attorney and ask them how to get what you need without incurring a violation. For example, if you were to ask a friend to speak with the protected party on your behalf, that would almost certainly violate the order of protection. However, if an attorney speaks with the protected party’s attorney or a law enforcement officer on your behalf, you could potentially get whatever it is you need without landing yourself in even hotter water with the law.

Navigating an order of protection successfully can be a tricky process. Don’t take risks. Ask an attorney for help. While doing so, you can discuss whether the order of protection in question may be successfully challenged and/or defended against. You are dealing with a challenging situation right now, to be sure. Don’t make it harder for yourself by violating the terms of the order of protection. Seek legal guidance and support instead, which can help you to figure out the most intelligent, informed way forward.

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