Violating a Restraining Order
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What Not To Do Under A Restraining or Protective Order

Violating a restraining order can happen very easily if you’re not careful and don’t know what kind of actions you can take regarding the person you’re restrained from seeing. To make things a bit clearer, in this article, we will be discussing all the things you’re not allowed to do if you have a restraining order. 

Remember, if you violate a restraining order, especially if you do it more than once, the consequences can be quite severe, so it’s a good idea to protect yourself before you ever reach that point. 

The Things You Shouldn’t Do When You’re Under a Restraining Order

You should first know that you’re not allowed to contact the alleged victim. This applies not only to in-person contact but also to phone calls, chats, e-mails, and any other kind of electronic communication that might occur. It’s also vital to note that even if the victim attempts to contact you, you cannot respond without violating the order, so you shouldn’t. 

Following this line of thinking, you’re also not allowed to contact any friends, relatives, or other people that are in any way close to the alleged victim. This also includes coworkers or any other type of third-party associates and can lead to you not being able to contact your friends if they’re mutual. 

It may be fairly obvious that you also cannot go anywhere near the person who has a restraining order against you. In most cases, the order will require keeping a particular distance away from the alleged victim. It might be quite shocking for some of you to learn, but even if you simply run into the victim in the supermarket, that can be considered a violation of the order. 

Also, you cannot go near their workplace, and if you happen to work in the same company, that can lead to you getting fired from your job since you’re not legally allowed to go to the office. 

Finally, you’re not allowed to possess, buy or acquire any type of firearm, regardless of whether that’s a gun or a rifle. Additionally, if you happen to own a gun, then it will be taken away from you and put in an approved location, or you can give it to a family member or friend to store in a location approved by the court. 

In conclusion, if you think you might have violated your restraining order and are wondering whether that’s the case or not, the best thing you can do is to contact your lawyer and explain the situation in detail. Based on your explanations, they will be able to tell you whether you should worry or not. 

Regardless of the classification of the offense, it is important that you seek the assistance of competent legal counsel to help you best understand your legal defense while identifying an outcome that best minimizes your risk. We here at the H Law group patiently await your call.

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