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What Happens If You Violate an Order of Protection?One of the likely consequences of being accused of domestic violence is having an order of protection against you. Also known as a restraining order, it can prohibit you from:

  • Being within a certain distance of the petitioner
  • Attempting to contact the petitioner
  • Entering your shared home
  • Seeing your children without supervision

The court may grant your accuser an emergency order of protection before you have been charged with any crimes if the court is convinced that you may be an immediate threat. You will get the opportunity to defend yourself against the accusations before the court decides whether to grant a long-term order of protection. Regardless of your opinion of the order, it is important that you comply with its terms. Violating an order of protection will result in criminal charges and possible jail time.

How Does a Violation Occur?

The order of protection should give you a detailed explanation of what type of interaction is not allowed with the petitioner and their dependents. The petitioner can contact the police if they believe you have violated the terms of the order. Directing a third party to make contact with the petitioner on your behalf may also be a violation of the order. The responding officer may arrest you if they believe the allegation against you is credible.

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Three Keys to Defending Against a Domestic Violence ChargePeople who are charged with domestic violence may feel like they are already being punished before their case goes to trial. Their accuser has likely received a temporary order of protection against them that may prevent them from returning to their home or seeing their children. Those who are falsely accused of domestic violence feel particularly hurt and confused about the sudden restrictions placed on them. Many domestic violence incidents do not have witnesses other than the accuser and the accused. The court will heavily rely on whether they believe each side's testimony about the incident. If you are facing a domestic violence charge, there are three keys to giving yourself the best chance to win your case:

  1. Obey the Order of Protection: Regardless of whether you are guilty of domestic violence, you can face criminal charges for violating an order of protection. That means you should not attempt to contact your accuser, either directly or through a third party. If your order prohibits you from entering your residence, you risk arrest if you sneak into your home to get your belongings. Talk to your attorney if you are concerned about properties at your residence. There are ways to secure your properties that do not violate the order of protection.
  2. Be on Your Best Behavior: You may have a reason to be angry at your accuser if you believe the domestic violence accusation is false. However, your public appearance must remain calm. Emotional outbursts – whether directed at your accuser or shared with someone else – support the idea that you are unstable and capable of violence. Your public behavior includes anything you say on social media and during seemingly private conversations with others, both of which could be used as evidence in your trial.
  3. Remain Consistent with Your Story: You do not have to testify during your trial if the prosecution lacks the evidence to prove that you are guilty of domestic violence. However, it may help for you to testify if your accuser is giving an inaccurate or incomplete account of what happened. It is important that you are consistent with your facts and the reason that you claim domestic violence did not occur. Your accuser may have fabricated the incident, the injury may have been an accident, or you may have been acting in self-defense. Whatever the truth is, staying consistent will give you credibility.

Contact a Wheaton Criminal Defense Attorney

You should immediately talk to a criminal defense lawyer if you are charged with domestic violence or served notice of an order of protection. A DuPage County criminal defense lawyer at Stephen A. Brundage, Attorney at Law, can help you respond to this allegation in a constructive manner. Call 630-260-9647 to schedule a consultation.

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Domestic Violence Accusations Can Damage Your ReputationDomestic violence charges brought against you can be resolved with little or no legal consequences. Prosecutors may drop the case due to a lack of evidence or a court may find you not guilty of the charge. Unfortunately, accusations of domestic violence can be enough to damage your reputation. Some people will jump to conclusions about your character without knowing the facts of the case. Even if you are never convicted, they may decide that you must have been guilty of some wrongdoing because you were charged. Clear vindication from your domestic violence accusations is the best way to restore your reputation.

Lack of Privacy

It can be nearly impossible to keep knowledge of domestic violence charges against you private:

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Every few months, it seems another high-profile case of domestic violence makes headlines involving some celebrity or other public figure. In the majority of these cases, circumstances seem to indicate or allege that a female has been victimized by the actions of her male partner. Male on female intimate partner violence is certainly far too common in the United States. However, it is far from the whole story. Domestic violence victimizes a surprisingly large number of men each year as well.

The National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsored an extensive study entitled the National Violence Against Women (NVAW) Survey to examine the extent, nature, and consequences of intimate partner violence in the United States. The findings were based a sample size of 16,000 men and women and presented some remarkable figures. The NVAW survey estimates that more than 2.3 million Americans are physically assaulted and/or raped by an intimate partner each year. Of that number, 1.5 million are women, which means more than 800,000 men are victimized every year by intimate partner violence. The survey also recognized that many victims suffer multiple assaults by their partner. Based on the study’s findings, nearly 5 million rapes and physical assaults are committed per year against women and nearly 3 million against men.

While violence against men certainly seems to occur in lower numbers than against women, men experience many of the same emotional reactions to domestic violence. The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that reactions tend to include guilt, shame, anger, anxiety, and depression and may result in the victim withdrawing from or avoiding almost all relationships. Women are two times more likely than men to be physically injured by an intimate partner but psychological trauma affects both sexes and is harder to measure.

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