First of all, I offer my thanks to your son for his service to our country. I was just reading how PTSD can sometimes contribute to the issuance of restraining orders wherein normal disagreements or arguments in a relationship can cause a person with PTSD to have flashbacks and then act in such a way that would not be the norm for that person. It is my understanding that people with PTSD relive the trauma that caused the underlying condition. Even normal arguments in relationships can trigger a flashback and cause the person to lose touch with reality and believe that the traumatic incident is happening again. Obviously, if this is the case, your son should stay far away from his wife. The restraining order should take care of that, but you indicated that he was arrested for violating the restraining order. That being said, he needs to hire an aggressive lawyer in your local area to represent him on the current charge of violating the restraining order. The attorney can put on evidence regarding his PTSD. Violation of a protective order is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine, or both (CGS § 53a-110b). You asked how you can help your son. Hopefully he is in counseling. You may want to make sure that you help keep away from his spouse, help him find him an aggressive attorney to represent him on the violation of the restraining order charge, and make sure that he is receiving the appropriate care and counseling that he needs and deserves. I hope this helps.
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