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Domestic Violence No Contact Order Violations Lawyer in Kent

What Happens if You Break a No Contact Order?

In Washington, if there is a no contact or restraining order against you, and you have contact with that person in violation of that order, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or even a felony. Even if that contact was consensual or even instigated by the person seeking the order's protection, you could still be facing jail time.

Misdemeanor Penalties

In the state of Washington, if you are violate a No Contact Order you will be charged with a gross misdemeanor. The penalties for this are up to a year in jail, loss of gun rights and fines up to $5,000.

Felony Penalties

If you have two or more No Contact Order violations or an order violation that ends in assault, than you will be charged with a Class C Felony and face up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.

If you are in violation of any kind of protection order, then the consequences can be extremely serious and you need to talk to a skilled lawyer before making any decisions. For more than 25 years, our Kent criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Erik P. Kaeding has counseled people in domestic violence (DV) cases. We have the resources and experience to get results where possible.

How Long Is a No Contact Order?

A no contact order, different from a restraining order, is generally enforced as part of a domestic violence case. This type of no contact order will remain in place until the end of the trial, when it is removed by the court, or if the court loses it's jurisdiction.

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Getting You The Information You Need

This may be hard to believe for some of our clients, but as long as there is a “no contact” order put out against you, a simple invitation from your spouse, even if it’s just to sit down and talk, can mean a violation of the order and result in serious criminal penalties. Whether you have been arrested unaware that you were doing something wrong or as a result of an unfortunate decision, we can fully evaluate your case and help you find a solution.

Defenses for No Contact Order Violations

Depending on the situation, we may be able to:

  • Negotiate for a reduction or dismissal of charges
  • Petition to have the "no contact" order lifted
  • Work toward a reduction of penalties
  • Argue your case before a judge or jury in court

If you are charged with a more serious crime such as harassment or stalking or if you violate a "no contact" order multiple times, then you may be facing up to a year in jail. Working with a Kent defense lawyer who not only has the experience to represent you but the commitment to keeping you involved in the process can make all the difference.

Experienced, Client-Focused Defense

"No contact" orders can be violated by completely innocent actions. The penalties for violating one, though, can be severe and even life-changing. Make sure you have experience and a results-driven attorney on your side.

Contact The Law Office of Erik P. Kaeding by phone at (253) 444-4432 or reach us online to set up your free initial consultation and case review with our domestic violence attorney in Kent.

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