Penalties for violating an order of protection in New York can be severe, but a lot depends on which court is handling your case, and how significant the court considers the violations to be.
If your order was issued by Family Court, a violation may cause you be held in civil contempt for up to six months – which can mean six months in jail.
However, if the violation is considered serious, the District Attorney may choose to prosecute the violation in Criminal Court, where you can be charged with Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree (a Class A misdemeanor) or Criminal Contempt in the First Degree (a Class E Felony).
Conviction of either of these charges is extremely serious and will leave you with a permanent criminal record, as well as land you in state prison for as long as four years.
Get help right away if you think you’ve violated an Order of Protection. Properly defended, you may have no sanction at all.
Call the attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-599-1111 for a free consultation.