What Happens if You Violate a Restraining Order?
Explained by Our Houston Family Violence Attorney
Domestic violence is a serious problem that should not be taken lightly. If you have a restraining order against a spouse or family member, it should be followed at all times. If you are facing a situation where someone is violating a restraining order, you should contact a Houston family attorney to assist you in enforcing the order.
Punishments for restraining order violations can be severe and vary based on the number of violations. Punishments for a first offense may include:
- Up to one year in jail
- A fine of up to $4,000
Punishments for two or more restraining order violations include up to ten years in prison. First violations are considered Class A misdemeanors and subsequent violations are considered third degree felonies. Although some individuals who violate restraining orders receive lighter sentences, such as probation or community service, most judges take family violence very seriously and will give restraining order violators the maximum punishment.
If you are faced with a situation where a restraining order has been violated, the Houston family violence attorney at John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C., is available to assist you. Contact a Houston family violence lawyer at our firm today.