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Violation of a Protection Order


Protection orders are directives issued by the court. If you are accused of violating an order, whether temporary or permanent, you can face criminal charges.

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The circumstances leading to the issuance of a protection order are already stressful. If you are now facing additional criminal charges for violating, you are likely at your wits end. I can help.

You may think the order was issued in error. Perhaps you aren’t guilty of the offense that led to the protection order. While these issues need to be addressed, they don’t excuse violating the order in the eyes of the court.

A protection order must be followed at all times until it is vacated in court or allowed to expire.

Situations that call on the court to issue a protection order are typically pretty sensitive. Although they are most often issued in situations of domestic violence, that isn’t always the case. Regardless of why it’s issued, you must adhere to it while it is in place.

There are several reasons you may be involved in a protection order. Domestic violence, harassment, stalking, and even assault cases can lead to protection orders.

If you are allowed out on bail for criminal charges involving violence or threat of violence with another person, a protection order will be issued. Likewise, if you have a history of confrontations with a specific person, they can ask for a protection order from the courts.

Nevada Protection Orders  – What Do they Do?

A protection order can require you to do or prevent you from doing several things. Each protection order is tailored to the case at hand. You may find your protection order:

  • Prevents you from contacting someone by phone, mail, email, or other device,
  • Requires you keep a certain physical distance from someone,
  • Order temporary child custody, and
  • Set up child support, alimony, or other such payments

Violating any terms of a protection order will result in misdemeanor criminal charges.

A misdemeanor is typically punishable by up to 6 months in jail and fines. Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, the sentence could vary.

Ref: NRS §33.100

When you are facing charges of violating an order of the court, like a protection order, you need the assistance of an attorney to ensure your rights are looked after and your side of the story is heard.

Contact us today for some free legal advice and to discuss the details of your case, and find out exactly what we can do to help you.