Protection Order Violations in Seattle, WA
Seattle Defense Attorney for Protective Order Violations
Are you accused of violating a no contact or protection order in Seattle? If so, you need to gain a full understanding of your legal options and rights. Depending on the charges you face, you may be accused of being in contempt of court, which can be punishable by imprisonment or fines. You must do everything possible to defend yourself against these charges.
No Contact Orders vs. Protection Orders
A no contact order is usually enacted when an individual is being charged with domestic violence. The individual who is issued a no contact order may not contact the alleged victim throughout the duration of the trial and court proceedings. No contact orders are issued by judges and the alleged victim's lawyer.
Restraining orders are filed directly by alleged victims in order to prevent their accused abusers from coming near them to cause harm. Unlike no contact orders, restraining orders can remain in effect well after court proceedings have ended and whether or not there were criminal charges made.
By law, to be convicted of a protection order violation, it must be shown that:
- There was a valid and legal protection order in place;
- That the accused offended knew of the protection order; and
- Specifically prohibited contact was made.
The best defense to protection order violation charges involves illustrating that any one of the above elements did not apply to your case. This is important- you may be facing incarceration and a significant fine if found to be in violation! Regardless of which kind of restraining order you have been accused of violating, you need to take the steps necessary to defend yourself and protect your rights.
Contact Guadagno Law, PLLC Today!
At Guadagno Law, PLLC, we have handled thousands of criminal cases in Seattle and the surrounding King County area, including cases involving no contact and protection order violations. Many times, we have seen vengeful spouses file restraining orders against someone without a real motive, except perhaps to gain an upper hand in the divorce proceeding or to keep their spouse away from a family home or loved ones.
As a former prosecutors, we have the legal insight and experience you need to challenge your criminal charges in Seattle. After carefully evaluating your case during a free case evaluation, we can create and apply a personalized case strategy that fits your needs. We respond to all of our client's inquiries within 24 hours and provide emergency legal services when necessary.
For more information about how our high-quality legal services can be beneficial to you, please contact our office today.
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