What You Can And Cannot Do

What Can And Cannot Do

A no contact order usually instructs the defendant not to have any in-person contact with the alleged victim. The defendant is instructed to stay a minimum number of feet away from the victim’s place of residence, employment and known areas that he or she frequents. Additionally, you may be instructed not to have other types of communication with the victim, including communication via mail, telephone calls, text messages, emails or social media contact. The defendant is often instructed not to have direct or indirect contact with the victim, such as giving a letter to a third party to give to the victim.

The prohibitions on contact remain in effect even if the victim initiates the contact.

For example, if a wife gets a no contact order against her husband, decides to reconcile with the husband and invites the husband back into the marital home, the husband can still face consequences associated with violating the no contact order. (It could be a trap!!!!)

This order remains in effect until the court no longer feels the order is necessary to protect the victim, the parties agree to cancel the order and the court provides instructions to do so or the order expires.