In Oregon, one can take out a restraining order against their spouse, family member or even roommate if they have been subjected to an act of domestic violence and/or stalking. Once this protective order has been approved by the court, the alleged abuser will be prohibited from engaging in certain actions—which almost always includes avoiding contact the "victim." In some cases, a judge may even ask the offender to move out of the residence that they share with the petitioner or stay away from their own child. Since the point of taking out a restraining order is to protect the petitioner from any further acts of domestic violence, however, one could face serious legal penalties for violating this order. Even if the alleged abuser does not intend to inflict harm upon the victim, they could be penalized for failing to abide by the conditions that have been expressly stated by the court.
For this reason, you should not hesitate to enlist the help of a Portland criminal defense attorney from Neal Weingart, Attorney at Law, LLC if you have been accused of violating a restraining order. The violation of a restraining order, in Oregon, is not a crime, but it results in a contempt finding. Contempt is punishable by either six (6) months in jail or a $500 fine. Again, even if you did not intend to harm the victim and/or you believe that the restraining orderhas been filed under false pretenses, you are still legally required to abide by the terms and conditions that have been set out by the court. Once the order has been put into place, it is contempt of court to violate it.
If you have been accused of violating a restraining order, whether intentionally or unintentionally, it is highly recommended that you discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible. Allegations of this nature should be met with an aggressive defense, which is exactly what you will receive when you trust in Neal Weingart, Attorney at Law, LLC to represent you. Mr. Weingart has years of experience dealing with violations of restraining orders, and his experience can be used in your defense. We can contribute numerous years of experience to your case and an unmatched level of commitment to your defense. All you have to do is contact our firm today at (503) 483-4025 to take advantage of a free initial consultation. From there, our dedicated legal team will advise you of your rights and help you to determine what steps to take next.