Have You Been Arrested on a Rhode Island Violation Of Restraining Orders?
Restraining orders are enforced to protect those who feel threatened. When an order has been issued to a party, disregarding this order can leave you serving time in prison and holding a permanent record to your name.
As a former cop, John R. Grasso knows that there are innocent explanations for violations. The notice may have expired, the complainant may have contacted you first, and more.
Call John R. Grasso to get the best legal representation for your case.
Definition of Restraining Orders
Rhode Island Code Chapter 15-15-3 defines Restraining Orders as a court order that restricts someone from either contacting another, or performing a specific action. This notice will outline the specifics of the restriction.
Restraining orders are often served in cases of domestic violence, harassment, stalking and other types of crimes.
Top Defenses for Violating Restraining Orders
Violating a restraining order is seen as disregarding the court’s authority, and the offender being a detriment to society.
However, there are several defenses for violating a restraining order. These include:
- That the restraining order was no longer valid
- That the person who filed a complaint lied, or made the first contact
- There was no clear-cut evidence that would indicate a violation
John R. Grasso has worked as a former police officer, and understands how these scenarios can play out. He also knows that whatever you say can be used against you. Exercise your right to remain silent, and speak to a lawyer before testifying your side of the story.
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What Are the Consequences of Violating A Restraining Order In Rhode Island?
Violating a restraining order within Rhode Island is a misdemeanor that is punishable by:
- Up to 1 year in prison, and/or
- Up to $1,000 in fines
In addition, if the restraining order was issued as a result of domestic violence, the consequences for violating the order will result in a mandatory sentencing of 12 weeks participation in a batterer’s program.
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