If the Respondent (the person who has the protective order against them) violates the protective order, then they could face:

  • criminal charges and/or
  • be in Civil Contempt

Criminal Charges

Criminal charges may result in fines of up to $4000 and two years in jail, depending on whether the violation is a misdemeanor or a felony.

Violations include:

  • Committing acts of violence against the Applicant/victim.
  • Communicating with the Applicant in the prohibited manner as listed in the protective order.
  • Going within 200 yards of the Applicant or other protected persons
  • Going within 200 yards of the Applicant’s residence or place of employment or the children's school or daycare.
  • Possessing firearms and ammunition

Civil Contempt

Civil Contempt violations may result in fines of up to $500 and/or six months in jail for all other violations.

Violations include:

  • Failure to attend Battering Intervention Program and/or drug and alcohol counseling.
  • Failure to pay child support.
  • Failure to pay court costs.
  • Failure to return child as specified in Protective Order.
  • Failure to stay 200 yards away from Applicant/children in public places.