Actions to Avoid
Due to the potential consequences of being found to have violated a no contact order, it is important to avoid this situation. A person who knows that a no contact order has been issued against him or her should read the order and take steps not to perform any activity prohibited in the order.
If the defendant happens upon the victim by accident, he or she should leave the area immediately. This can occur if he or she spots the victim in a public place.
If the victim says that the no contact order has been cancelled, the defendant should not take the victim’s word for it. Instead, he or she can request a copy of the cancellation with the court and inspect the document for the judge’s signature.
The defendant should not attempt to have ANY contact with the victim until the order is dismissed, the defendant is found not guilty or the restraining order expires.
In addition to not violating the contact portion of the order, the defendant should also avoid taking any action that is prohibited by the order.
For example, if the defendant is ordered only to have supervised visitation with his or her children, the defendant should not attempt to have unsupervised visits.
Additionally, if the defendant is ordered to vacate the home, he or she should NOT return to the home without a formal declaration by the court.
When a person suffers from the issuance of a no contact order, he or she may violate the terms of the order to attempt to resolve the dispute he or she has with the other party.
Even if he or she did not commit the stalking, he or she could violate the terms of the no contact order and cause the judge to keep it alive when the person wants or needs it to cease.