By: The Law Offices of Jed Silverman
No-contact orders are also known as protective orders. These are issued
by the court to protect individuals from abusive partners or others who
might try to harm them. There are two types of no-contact orders you need
to be aware of—temporary and general protective orders.
Temporary protective orders prevent someone from contacting another person
for up to 20 days. “Contacting” includes exclusion from a
home, a place of work, or school. The order can also cover contacting
minors and having custody of children. General no-contact orders can last
up to 2 years. These are known as restraining orders.
Any member of the family, a prosecuting attorney, or a department of protective
and regulatory services can file a no-contact order against an alleged
offender. If the alleged offender violates a no-contact order in any way,
he or she could face a fine of up to $4,000 and / or a jail sentence for
up to 1 year. If violence occurs during the violation, the offender can
be prosecuted for a misdemeanor or a felony, which carries a minimum jail
sentence of 2 years. This punishment is added to any other crimes committed
during the violation of the no-contact order.
If you’ve been issued a no-contact order by a member of your family
or by a prosecutor, don’t hesitate to give our skilled Houston criminal
defense attorneys a call. It is especially important to defend yourself
against potential fines and jail time if you accidentally violate the
no-contact order without being aware of the potential for harm.
The Law Offices of Jed Silverman can offer you award-winning criminal defense lawyers who are committed
to protecting your rights, freedom, and future. We have decades of legal
experience to offer your case, and our firm has successfully handled thousands
of criminal cases. Our attorneys are also proud to offer close client
communication, honest representation, and a fierce and dedicated work
ethic. Let us see what we can do for you. Contact us as soon as possible.
The sooner we learn about your circumstances, the more time we will have
to create a strong case on your behalf.
Contact us at (713) 597-2221 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case
consultation with us today.