Safety Harbor, FL, Residents — Turn to an Experienced Attorney for Help With a Restraining Order Violation
If you’re facing restraining order violation charges, you may be wondering what to do next. The court process can oftentimes be confusing, and the penalties for a conviction are severe, so it’s important that you hire an experienced attorney to represent your interests. If you’re in Safety Harbor, Florida, or a nearby area, you can turn to criminal defense attorney Charles Holloway for assistance with your case.
How Does Someone Violate a Restraining Order?
Depending on the specific terms of the order, there are various ways that someone can violate a restraining order. In addition to obvious violations — like injuring the petitioner (the person who filed the restraining order), damaging their property, or threatening to do so — you could be charged with a restraining order violation for:
- Contacting the petitioner, even if it’s through a mutual friend or another third party
- Getting too close to the petitioner’s home, school, workplace, or car
- Refusing to leave your home, if you share it with the petitioner
- Failing to turn over your guns or ammunition
There are a number of other ways that someone could violate a restraining order, too. Once Charles Holloway reviews the terms of your restraining order and learns how you allegedly violated it, he can discuss the circumstances with you and determine whether you might have any possible defenses.
What Are the Penalties for Violating a Restraining Order?
You may not realize this, since many restraining orders are issued in civil (non-criminal) court, but violating a restraining order is a criminal offense that can carry very serious penalties. In fact, if you’re convicted of a restraining order violation, you might need to pay significant fines or even spend time in jail. And, if you’re a repeat offender, you could face even more serious consequences, including higher fines and longer jailtime. Charles Holloway is well versed in the penalties associated with restraining order violations, and he’ll do everything he can to achieve the best possible result in your case.
For more information about Charles Holloway and the legal defense services he provides to Safety Harbor, FL, residents, call us today. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and arrange a free initial consultation to discuss your pending restraining order violation charges.