Restraining Order Violations
Consult an Experienced Denver Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you are facing charges for violating a restraining order, you should speak with an experienced Denver criminal defense attorney regarding your rights and available legal options. A charge for violating a restraining order has the potential of turning a bad situation worse. Successive convictions for violating restraining orders can result in escalated criminal penalties. As a result, you should seek legal representation from a skilled Denver criminal defense attorney to assist you.
At Fife Luneau, P.C., our legal team can help you understand that the legal implications of certain actions with regard to complying with a restraining order. Don’t let law enforcement or a person protected under a restraining order trick you into violating a protective order. We are dedicated to providing you with professional legal advice regarding how to handle restraining orders, ensuring your legal rights are preserved and your best interests protected.
If you have questions about your legal rights, call us at (720) 408-7130 to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Colorado Laws on Restraining Orders
Under Colorado Law, a restraining order (also known as a “protective order”) means “any order that prohibits the restrained person from contacting, harassing, injuring, intimidating, molesting, threatening, or touching any protected person…or from entering or remaining on premises, or from coming within a specified distance of a protected person…”
A knowing violation of a restraining order constitutes a class 2 misdemeanor for first offenders. Second and subsequent convictions for violating a restraining order can be upgraded to class 1 misdemeanors with “an extraordinary risk of harm to society,” potentially resulting in an additional 6 months jail sentence.
Sometimes courts will issue restraining orders with little to no regard for the arguments and claims from both the restrained party and the protected party. Because the parties involved may have little say as to the effect and imposition of a restraining order, a protected party might unwittingly induce the restrained party into violating the order under the mistaken belief that the court will lift it. A violation can occur as a result of a simple phone call from the restrained party to the protected party. This can be a difficult situation for defendants who are consequently barred from having contact with their children.
However, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help the parties subject to a protective order find a compliant method of communicating that does not risk causing a violation of the order.
Facing Charges for Violating a Restraining Order?
Due to the potentially severe consequences associated with violating a restraining order, it is highly recommended that restrained parties seek effective legal counsel before trying to establish communications with a protected party. At Fife Luneau, P.C., we have a sophisticated understanding of criminal law and procedure to ensure that those subject to a restraining order do not risk committing an initial or subsequence violation of the order.
Call Fife Luneau, P.C. today at (720) 408-7130 or contact us online to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney.