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What are the potential consequences for violating a restraining

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What are the potential consequences for violating a restraining in order in Putnam county NY state?
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Potential consequences include jail time and a criminal conviction.

There are three different types of restraining orders in NY (they are actually called an "order of protection" and issued by the court to limit the behavior of someone who harms or threatens to harm another person.

Since it is a court order, the court has the power to enforce its order. This is trough the "contempt" process.

Basically, if the court orders person A to stay away from person B and A violates this order, then the court can punish A for contempt. This can include jail time, as well as a criminal conviction for contempt.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I understand it can include jail time, but what is the likelihood that this will be the case in a first offense, the person in question drove by the home and had no contact with the petitioner?

Actually it is quite possible that the court would impose jail time if they can prove the person violated the order.

How long? That depends on the circumstances...for first offense, no priors, I would think a month or less.

Understand that the court will not be shy impose its power to confine if there is evidence that its order was broken. In this case, if the person knew of the order, broke it, and the court is made aware, I would expect some jail time to send the message that the order from the court must be followed.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.


You bet. Best of luck with this