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Fight Against A Protection Order, Washington State Criminal Defense

Posted Monday, July 24, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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If you have been served with a Petition for a No Contact Order (commonly known as a “restraining order”) it is critical that you defend yourself against the court issuing that order. When a Petition is filed against you then you are the “respondent,” and you have the right to hire an attorney to represent you at the hearing. You want to fight against any protective order being issued against you for a number of reasons.

How A No Contact Order Can Affect You

No contact orders go on your record and can have an adverse effect on your ability to obtain employment, to travel into Canada and other countries, and your ability to carry a firearm. Do not mistakenly assume that a protective order will have little or minimal effect on your life.

Violating A Protective Order Can Lead to Criminal Charges

Violation of a protection order is difficult to defend against. Proof that the order was properly served on you and proof of contact is typically all that is needed to prove a violation. If you successfully fight the issuance of the protective order, you can spare yourself the need to defend against later criminal charges for violating the order.

You do not have to make direct contact to be in violation of a protective order. Violations can occur through electronic contact, via social media, or even through a third person. Also, it is not a defense that the protected person initiated or allowed the contact.

Understand What You Are Prohibited From Doing

Is there is a protective order issued against you, make sure you understand what you’re allowed to do and what you are prohibited from doing under the order. If you need help understanding a protective order, defending against one, or defending against an alleged violation of a protective order, we can help.

Defending Against a Petition for a No Contact Order

Padula & Associates, LLC suggests a vigorous defense and we have successfully fended off hundreds of these petitions for our clients. Do not take a petition for a protection order lightly.

You need the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney to maximize your chance of defending against a protection order. There may be an effective procedural way to successfully challenge the issuance of the order. The skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC can defend your rights and help you fight for a just resolution. We proudly serve those in King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State.

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