In Oklahoma City on October 19, 2016 the OKC law enforcement conducted a warrant sweep for offenders of domestic violence. This is an undertaking by the force each year to gather all offenders on outstanding warrants and is part of the National Family Violence Apprehension Detail. While the sweep was in process, officers put a man under arrest at his workplace for Oklahoma City violation of protective order.
Protective orders are in place to protect someone from the intentional harmful actions of someone else. People who may file protective orders are generally spouses, romantic partners, or victims of harassment and stalking. If you find yourself in the position of a protective order placed unfairly against you, let us help. We understand that not all situations are simple or what they appear.
Punishments for Oklahoma City Violation of Protective Order:
Violation of an order includes any act that is prohibited by the order itself. As a result, communication via phone (including text message), presence in the area of the person filing the order, and any other personal contact are often illegal acts. Protective order violations in Oklahoma follow tiered punishment.
- First Violation: If no physical injuries occur during the violation, it is a misdemeanor. The prison sentence may last up to a full year in county jail and/or the violator may receive fines up to $1,000.
- First Violation, Physical Harm: A protective order violation is still a misdemeanor when physical harm occurs to the victim if it is a first time offense. However, fines elevate to a maximum of $5,000.
- Second Violation: If the violation is subsequent to a prior offense, then the punishment if a felony. Felony violations are subject to 1-5 years jail time, and fines up to $10,000.
In addition to the fines and prison time, the court may require you to undergo certain treatments. These can include domestic or substance abuse counseling. The programs last a full year and are subject to review by the court 120 days after you complete it. In some situations, you must wear and pay for a GPS monitoring device.
Contact Our Oklahoma City Violation of Protective Order Attorneys:
If a protective order is impacting your life or if you’ve been charged with an Oklahoma City violation of protective order, call us. We want to help you navigate the legal system in a way that alleviates your struggles. Our attorneys have experience in the criminal arena and know how to provide a competent defense. Your first consultation is free. Call us or visit our OKC attorneys blog for more information.