Consequences of Violating an Order of Protection in Arizona
Violating an Order of Protection: Consequences
If an individual fails to comply with restraining orders included in a restraining order or order of protection after having been served with that restraining order, he or she may be held in contempt of court or be arrested and charged with the misdemeanor crime of interference with judicial proceedings. Multiple violations could lead to more serious felony charges being filed against the defendant. When the court order of protection says there is to be “no contact”, the defendant is prohibited by contacting you in any way, including sending you letters, emails, phone calls, text, instant messages, gifts, or contact through a third party, except through legal counsel. The phrase “no contact” means just that. If the defendant attempts to contact you, they are in violation of that court order.
If the court order is violated, you should contact the police immediately. When a violation occurs, the police can arrest the defendant who violated the order of protection. Carry your order of protection on you at all times, so you have the order available to provide to law enforcement if they need to respond. If the police see the violation or there is a good reason to believe a violation occurred, law enforcement officers are required to make an arrest. If this occurs, and the arrest is followed by formal criminal charges against the defendant, you may be required to attend court hearings in that criminal case as a witness.
The order of protection may only be a piece of paper, but it provides a victim of abuse or harassment legal protection. Always report violations of the order of protection to law enforcement. Even if no charges are filed, you should always retain a copy of the incident report to document the report of the violation.
If you need additional assistance regarding the violation of an Order of Protection in Arizona, please call the Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona family law attorneys at Hildebrand Law, PC at (480)305-8300.