Close Encounters – Violation of No Contact Orders and the Law in Washington State

Anyone who knowingly breaks with the guidelines of a No Contact Order faces charges of Gross Misdemeanor.  And that can mean up to a year in jail, plus a fine in the region of $5,000. Classified as a domestic violence crime, Violation of a No Contact Order is a serious offence and one which carries serious implications. Any person convicted of Violation of a No Contact Order will immediately have their rights to own or be in possession of a firearm. This applies even if no firearms where used or featured during the violation of the order.

Your Bellevue Criminal Defense Attorney will expalin that when No Contact Orders are put in place the restrictions placed upon the recipient are pretty stringent. Therefore even if by sheer happenstance the person who has the No Contact Order served on them sees the person they are supposed to keep away from in a public place they are legally required to leave the scene immediately. Although accidentally occurring contact of this type may not technically constitute a violation of the order, the individual upon whom the notice is served may well be obliged to defend themselves in a court of law as a result of it happening.

A great many emotive issues can surround No Contact orders. For the sake of argument, let us assume that a husband has a No Contact Order served upon him following a domestic incident with his wife. Even if his wife, after the fact, invites her husband over to discuss their differences it will still be seen as his violation of the order, despite the fact that the wife (seen here as the victim) was complicit in the arrangements and expressed willingness to meet with her husband. In such circumstances as these, the husband may face further criminal charges. A minefield of a scenario? Yes, it can be for some.

The Seattle Criminal Defense Team of SQ Attorneys is a highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced team dedicated to providing aggressive representation for those with No Contact Orders. The team of Bellevue criminal lawyers creates success by not only working with alleged victims to develop a relationship and encourage positive communication, but the team also works with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances relating to the No Contact Order are considered in creating the most equitable and fair resolution possible.

If a No Contact Order is relevant in your life in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish  County, Kitsap County, Thurston County or one of the following cities or towns: Algona, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Burien, Des Moines, Duvall, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Everett, Federal Way, fife, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Marysville, Medina, Mercer Island, Milton, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, New Castle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Olympia, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Sea Tac, Seattle, Shoreline, Snohomish, Sumner, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, and/or Woodinville, or any other city or town in Western Washington, call The Criminal Defense Team of SQ Attorneys at (206) 441-0900 for an initial free consultation.

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