If you’ve been charged with a Domestic Violence crime, odds are good that you were handed a Temporary Order of Protection that restrains you from seeing, speaking to, calling, texting, or emailing your intimate partner until the scheduled court date where the charges against you will be heard.
Routinely, an order of protection is a “full” order, which prohibits any and all contact and puts you at risk for serious criminal charges if you violate, including further domestic violence charges if there was an altercation.
Criminal contempt (a Class E felony with a maximum of 4 years in prison) is a risk if your case is being handled in criminal court, while family courts may issue a civil contempt ruling, landing you in jail for up to six months.
There are many variables in play, and handled properly, a violation of an order of protection doesn’t have to result in any jail time at all.
Call the lawyers at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-599-1111 for help when you’ve run afoul of an order of protection in Queens.