Violation of a Restraining Order

A restraining order is a court order that requires you to refrain from certain activities. Restraining orders can vary in their use. Some examples:

  • You may not come within 100 feet of your ex-husband’s home;
  • You may not contact your ex-girlfriend in any way (phone calls, text messages, emails, etc.);
  • You may not own a firearm for 1 year or longer.

Penalties for Violating a Restraining Order

If you violate the terms of a restraining order, it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. It often depends on your history and whether there is physical harm or injury involved. A misdemeanor can be punishable by up to 1 year in jail and includes possibility of fines, requirement to seek counseling, and possible reimbursement/restitution to the victim for damages or injuries.