The No Contact Provision in a Domestic Violence Case

Once a Domestic Violence Restraining Order has been issued against you, do not contact the protected person, for any reason. In New Jersey, even if it is the protected person who is the one who initiates contact, you are in violation of the Court’s Order and you are the one that will be held in Contempt of Court. Penalties for violating the no contact provision range from fines to jail, and you end up with a criminal record. In addition, you can also be charged with a separate criminal offense for any conduct the police or that person says you committed while violating the Order, which will require you to defend that charge in a different Criminal Court. no contact provisionThe only way you can have contact, for example to get your clothing out of the house, is through the police (usually you get 15 minutes to get your belongings) or by making an application to the Court that issued the Order. Asking forgiveness of the Court for violating the Order does not work, and very few Contempt citations are dismissed by the Prosecutor. Please heed the no contact provision clause of your case. Should you need to contact the other party in even the most simple, brief, and civil of matters, please confer with the Court or your lawyer to establish a lawful procedure. If you have any question, feel free to call my office for a no-charge phone consult as the situation you are in. SPECIALIZING IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE THROUGHOUT NEW JERSEY Howard W. Bailey, Esq. 550 Broad Street, Suite 601 Newark, NJ 07102 973-982-1200 #domesticviolence   #restrainingorder   #violation