A protective order is a court order used to protect the health or safety of a person from violence. There are three types of protective orders in Virginia. An Emergency Protective Order (EPO), a Preliminary Protective Order and a Protective Order. Protective orders can have social and legal repercussions. On the other hand, there are times where a protective order is violated. A protective order violation is a criminal offense. The violation can either be a felony or a misdemeanor based on the type of violation.
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Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law has been successfully representing clients for over 45 combined years throughout central Virginia. If you are the subject of a protective order, then you need an experienced protective order attorney to defend you before the Court. Our lawyers provide skilled representation in the event you need to defend against false allegations and oppose a protective order. A protective order will negatively affect your firearm rights and may affect family law matters and security clearances.
VA Protective Order Violation Defense Attorney
Standing in Court before a Judge for an allegation of not following the law after being ordered by a Judge to obey the law is not where you want to be. That is what a protective order violation case is like. If you are facing a protective order violation allegation, then you need to retain an experienced defense attorney who will present your best defense. Many cases come down to what some call “she said-he said” cases. The credibility of the complaining witness is important, but can be challenged.
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Protective Order Limits and Penalties for Violations
Emergency protective orders can last as little as three days. Preliminary protective orders last fifteen days. A final or permanent protective order may be issued for a specified period of time up to a maximum of two years except in cases that involve convictions for certain violent felonies. Protective order violations range from misdemeanor to felony offenses based on the nature of the violation and prior convictions. Some violations trigger mandatory minimum jail sentences. In no case shall an entire sentence be suspended.