A protective order is sometimes referred to as a restraining order or protection order, but the purpose is always the same. The idea is to prohibit a person from endangering another person.
Protective orders issued by courts often impose a number of different conditions that people must comply with, and any violation of any condition could lead to possible criminal charges. Many protective order violations are technical violations involving no criminal intent, such as alleged offenders calling or responding to electronic messages they received from the protected parties.
If you or your loved one were arrested for allegedly violating a protective order in Denton, do not try to explain your actions to police. Make sure that you immediately contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy defends clients in communities all over Denton County. We can explore all of your legal options with you as soon as you call (940) 222-8004 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Protection orders vary in their restrictions from case to case. Texas Penal Code § 25.07(a) establishes that a person commits a violation of a court order if they knowingly or intentionally:
Texas Penal Code § 25.07(g) establishes that a violation of a court order is a Class A misdemeanor. A conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and/or up to one year in jail.
A violation becomes a third-degree felony if the alleged offender:
A conviction is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to 10 years in prison. If actions constituting a violation of a protection order also constitute a separate criminal offense (such as domestic assault or stalking), the alleged offender can be prosecuted for either or both alleged crimes.
Some alleged violations of protection orders are based entirely on complaints from the alleged victims. Alleged offenders may be completely innocent in some cases, and an attorney can help prove that no violations occurred.
It is also important to keep in mind that violations need to have been knowing or intentional for them to be criminal. People cannot be convicted of violations when they were unknowing or negligent.
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Were you or your loved arrested for allegedly violating a protection order in Denton or another community in Denton County? It will be important for you to retain legal counsel.
The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy can fight to help you achieve the most favorable outcome to your case. Call (940) 222-8004 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.