Sunday, June 30, 2013

Minnesota Restraining Orders (Explained)

No Contact Orders --- like Orders for Protection or Harassment Restraining Orders are often obtained to keep one family member away from another family member, but did you know that such orders can be obtained by anyone who feels they are being harassed by or need protection from another person. With a restraining order, the individual who is served the order does have the right to challenge it because violating that order, even by accident, can have stiff penalties. An experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney can help you challenge these No Contact Orders so that their far-reaching consequences don't effect you.  

Who Gets No Contact Orders?

There are several reasons as to why someone will obtain a No COntact Order. The most common is harassment. Harassment is conduct that causes a person to feel threatened, frightened, persecuted, oppressed, or intimidated in some way. This likely includes the following behaviors: stalking, repeatedly returning to someone’s property, mailings, telephone calls, and other disturbing acts. Criminal harassment and stalking charges can cause someone to incur a criminal record (even a Felony one) depending on the act that they committed the age of the victim, whether a weapon was used, and any other applicable factors.

When a person gets a restraining order against another, they do so to keep that person away from them. However, while some allegations warranting a restraining order may have merit, there are many occasions where they do not. A person may state that an ex is harassing him/her in order to keep that person from seeing a child or a person will obtain an order for retaliation or spite. The order can be issued prior to a court hearing or you having the right to be heard. You can challenge the order at a later court hearing.

Restraining Order Violation

If you would violate a restraining order intentionally or accidentally, additional criminal charges could be brought against you that could result in more consequences. This is why you need to take the steps to challenge the order as soon as possible. An experienced Minnesota Restraining Order Defense Lawyer will make sure you are able to do that and do so effectively. That way you can possibly have the order thrown out, especially if it is one that has been obtained to keep you away from your children, to try and damage your reputation, or cause you to violate it and have you placed in jail. By successfully challenging the order, you are taking steps to make sure it doesn’t exist so that there is no chance you violate it.

f you have been accused of violating a Restraining Order, you need an experienced attorney by your side --- you should not have to simply take the accusations and the penalties resulting from a conviction just to get the matter over with quicker. It is your right to fight the charges so you can have the best possible future. To learn more about how The Rolloff Law Office can help you, call (612) 234-165 for a free consultation.

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