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Can I Fight Against A Restraining Order?

Posted Monday, March 5, 2018 by Lizanne Padula.

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A restraining order, known formally as a protection order or no-contact order, can have severe impacts on the life of the restrained person. No-contact orders can have an adverse effect on your ability to obtain employment, your ability to carry a firearm, and can lead to further criminal charges if violated (even inadvertently).

What is a restraining order (no-contact order)?

A no-contact order typically involves a mandate that the respondent (the person the Petition is filed against) remain a certain distance away from the petitioner (the person seeking the order) and his or her home, school, or job. Prohibited contact may also include contact via phone, text, email, social media, or even through a third party.

No-contact orders are issued out of criminal cases as either a condition of release or as a separate order. A no-contact order may be issued regardless of sharing housing or having children. The criminal court controls how long a no-contact order remains in place, not the alleged victim; however, the court will not lift the order without support from the alleged victim.

You can and should fight against a restraining order (no-contact order).

If you are served with a Petition for a no-contact order (or any type of protection order), it is critical that you defend yourself against the order being issued. There is a lot at stake when it comes to no-contact orders―it is more than just your ability to contact the petitioner. A no-contact order will go on your record, which can have an adverse effect on securing employment, traveling to Canada and other countries, and obtaining a firearm.

Moreover, once in place, violating a no-contact order can lead to criminal charges and an alleged violation 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. It is not a defense that the protected person initiated or allowed the contact.

We urge you to fight against the issuance of a restraining order. Hire an attorney to represent you at the hearing. You can spare yourself the need to defend against later criminal charges for violating the order.

We can help you defend against a Petition for a No-Contact 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.

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 restraining order lightly.You need the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney to maximize your chance of defending against a no-contact 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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