Protective Order Violations

Protective orders are put in place, in most circumstances, to keep two parties away from each other. Often times one party disagrees with the order and doesn’t feel that they should be made to abide by it. If this person is you and you are now being charged with a violation, you need our help.

Restraining order violations are typically highly emotional cases. Because of the relationship between the two parties, they are difficult to deal with for everyone involved. Being under this kind of stress can be made much worse if you are not confident in the abilities of your attorney.

We have handled many cases like yours. We know the ins and outs of the Tennessee criminal courts and want to help you with your case. We can show you just how important it is to have an experienced and highly qualified attorney on your side.

Whether the protective order was issued temporarily pending a future court date or if it is set in stone for one year, we can help you when you are charged with violating. Protective orders can be issued in situations of domestic violence or harassment and stalking. Essentially the protective orders are put in place to protect one party from the other.

What does the protective order do?

Protective orders don’t just limit contact between two parties. They can also:

  • Grant possession of a residence
  • Grant temporary custody
  • Restrain your proximity to certain locations
  • Order you to cease certain actions
  • Order you to remain a certain distance from the alleged victim
  • Provide for possession of personal properties
  • Order you to cease all or certain contact
  • Order spousal or child support payments
  • Award attorney’s fees

Regardless of if the order was temporary or permanent, even if you don’t think it is necessary or fair, you must abide by all terms of a Tennessee protective order.

Penalties for Violation of a Protective Order / Restraining Order in Tennessee

If you violated the terms of a protection order, you can face elevated or additional criminal charges. If an assault occurs during the violation, for instance, the charge will automatically be elevated to felony aggravated assault simply because the order was in place.

Being criminally charged with violating a protection order can result in a criminal contempt of court conviction. Criminal contempt is typically charged as a class C misdemeanor and punishable by up to 30 days in jail and fines.

Ref: TCA 3-3-111

Get A Free Consultation on a Protective Order Violation Charge in Tennessee

If something has happened to lead to the issuance of a protective order, you do not want another criminal conviction on your record. Consulting with our experience defense attorney is a smart move in your situation. Call to talk about your case today. We can help you work through your legal defense options, and protect your rights in court. If you don’t take action by getting a great defense lawyer, there will be no one on your side.

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