Violating a Protective Order
Protective orders are designed to protect one individual from another, by limiting or eliminating the allowed contact or communication of one party to another. If an individual is served a protective order and fails to thoroughly analyze it, it could lead to a violation of a protective order, due to their lack of knowledge on what the protection order prohibits them from doing.
A violation of a protection order is a crime that tends to be very easy to prove, and a conviction for such an offense could lead to time behind bars along with fines. If a protection order has been filed against you, it is important that you fully understand all of its contents. If you are unsure about the details of your protective order, or have been accused of violating it, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced domestic violence defense attorney.
West Palm Beach Violation of a Protective Order Defense Attorney
Andrew D. Stine aggressively represents clients who are have been accused of violating a protective order in Boynton Beach, Riviera Beach, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Greenacres, Wellington, Lake Worth, and the surrounding areas. Attorney Stine has years of criminal defense experience and will review the facts of your case and work hard to develop a strategic defense strategy designed to receive your desired outcome.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 and set up a consultation on your violation of a protective order charges. Your initial consultation is free and it is a necessary step in the development of your defense.
Information Center on Protection Order Violation
- Violation of Protective Order in Florida
- Penalties for Violating a Protective Order in Palm Beach County
According to Fla. Stat. Florida Statutes § 741.3, if a protection order has been filed against an individual, he or she can be charged with violating that protection order by:
- Refusing to vacate the home, apartment, or dwelling shared by both parties
- Being within 500 feet of the petitioner’s (the individual who filed the protection order) home, school, job, or any other location that has been specified as a place frequented by the petitioner, or a listed family or household member
- Committing an act of domestic violence against the petitioner
- Threatening by words or actions, to do harm to the petitioner
- Intentionally communicating with the petitioner, directly or indirectly, unless the protective order specifically allows communication through a third party
- Knowingly and intentionally coming within 100 feet of the petitioner’s vehicle, whether that vehicle is occupied or not
- Destroying or damaging property belonging to the petitioner
- Refusing to surrender firearms and ammunition, if ordered by the court to do so
Aside from the violations listed above, there are other ways to violate a protection order. If a protection order has been filed against you, it is important to read and fully understand it, in order to avoid violating it.
If an individual violates a protection order, he or she is guilty of a first degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in jail, and/or up to a $1,000 fine. Along with these penalties, the court may also order the offender to pay the petitioner’s court and attorney fees, and the offender may also be ordered to participate in a batterer’s intervention program.
Being Aware of Your Legal Options
If have been charged with violating a protective order in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Wellington, Greenacres, Jupiter, Boca Raton, or the surrounding areas, contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Attorney Stine is a committed defense attorney who will adequately inform you of your legal options, and will assistant you in choosing the best one for you.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 to set up a consultation on your traffic offense. Your initial consultation is free and it is a vital step in fighting your charges.