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There are several potential consequence for violating a no contact order. The no contact order can prevent a person from seeing the persons family, children, and friends. It can limit where the person can go and specifically order where the person can’t. It can even cause the person to be removed from his / her home, regardless of circumstance, and forced to find new housing. It can deprive the person of his possessions or force the person to lose his or her job.
These orders are frequently violated through electronic communication, such as a phone call, text, or email. Each communication can be treated as a separate violation and criminal charge.
A conviction for a No Contact Order violation in Washington State is a Gross Misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Violations of orders preventing contact can sometimes be difficult for the prosecutors to prove but the charges are very serious. Michael Harbeson-Law has vast experience and knowledge with No Contact Orders and can examine the evidence and the circumstances surrounding your case. Often times, issues can be found that are crucial to your defense.
Regardless of the degree charged the goals remains the same. We will help you avoid conviction for the criminal charge, but perhaps more importantly, keep you out of jail.