In certain circumstances, a “no-contact” order can be issued by a judge. This order should prevent a person from contacting another person by any means of communication – in person or digital – and may have serious criminal and financial penalties if they are violated. No contact orders work differently in every state, including Indiana.
What is a no contact order?
As dictated by family law, a no-contact order is issued in the aftermath of a charge, such as for assault or domestic violence. A judge will issue such an order if he or she believes that one party may constitute a threat to another. A no-contact order is not the same as a restraining order: a no-contact order is issued in the aftermath of a criminal charge, while a restraining order is preventative and can be obtained by anyone if they have the appropriate evidence.
The specifics of a no-contact order are set by a judge and will vary depending on the specifics of the individual situation.
What happens if someone violates a no-contact order?
Serious penalties can result. These penalties vary from location to location and are often at the discretion of the judge. A felony or misdemeanor charge can be filed, depending on a variety of factors, and can result in a fine or jail time.
These laws can be challenging, emotionally charged, and legally complicated. As a result, individuals often find that they need outside assistance from experienced individuals in order to ensure that they are protecting their own rights and the rights of their loved ones.
As such, if you need to obtain a no-contact order, or you require assistance in dealing with a no-contact order placed against you, you should seriously consider contacting an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.