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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.

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.5 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $10.39.

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