If you have a full stay-away order against you and you see the person who requested the order in a store, you should immediately leave.
Whether you intend to violate or not, and whether it’s fair or sensible that your neighborhood grocery store may be off limits, the terms of orders of protection are spelled out clearly, and if the other party decides to call the police, they’re likely to arrest first and ask questions later.
Some orders will contain language about incidental encounters in public or social spaces, particularly if the parties live in the same neighborhood or share the same social circle.
If you’re concerned that your neighborhood is too often an off limits zone, it may be possible to request a modification in the order.
At Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino, we can help you live your life without worrying that you’ll violate an order just by walking down the street.
Call us today at 718-599-1111 and talk to a lawyer for free.