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How Do I Know if I Have a Restraining Order Against Me?

Typically, a judge will request that you appear in court if a protective or restraining order has been issued against you. But sometimes a court fails to serve you and you are unaware of a restraining order against you.

Even if you weren’t formally notified that you have a restraining order against you, you might have a feeling that your partner, spouse, or other person will seek an order from the court.

If so, avoid anyone who might have filed an order against you and seek legal counsel to learn about your rights and responsibilities under that order. A criminal defense lawyer will also know where to look for any orders against you.

Below, we have listed the types of requirements that a protection or restraining order can include, followed by the potential consequences for violating an order.

Possible Terms of a Protection Order or a Restraining Order

If a Connecticut judge has issued a temporary or permanent restraining order or civil protection order against you, you might have to adhere to the following restrictions. In fact, until you have consulted with a defense attorney about the order(s), you should assume the worst and follow the strictest possible application of the order, so you don’t end up getting arrested for violating the order. A temporary ex parte restraining order, a standing restraining order, or an order of protection may:

If you are married to your accuser or if you cohabitate and are co-parents of a child, a Connecticut judge might also prohibit you from taking any of the following actions:

Keep in mind that judges can order anything they see fit to protect your accuser, your children, or other affected parties.

If you have a standing restraining order issued against you, a judge can include the following if you are married or share a child with your accuser:

Penalties for Violating Restraining Orders in Connecticut

Once a Connecticut judge issues a restraining order or protective order against you, it’s illegal for you to violate the terms of the order. Some violations might result in contempt of court charges, but most violations are crimes with harsh penalties. If you are arrested for violating a restraining order, it’s you were likely charged with:

Connecticut courts take the violation of restraining orders and protective orders seriously. If convicted, you will have a felony on your record. In addition to the social stigma surrounding a felony conviction, you might also lose your job or struggle to find a new job, or face additional collateral consequences in your life. Speaking with an experienced criminal defense lawyer can show you your options.

Contact Duffy Law to Find out if You Have a Restraining Order Against You

Restraining orders are serious court orders not to be taken lightly. If you are unsure whether or not you have an order against you, it’s in your best interest to find out immediately.

Unintentionally violating an order can result in disastrous consequences including jail time and a hefty fine. Contact the experienced defense attorneys at Duffy Law today, online or at (203) 946-2000, to avoid potentially violating a restraining order or protective order. In addition to researching whether you have any restraining orders against you, we can also discuss the circumstances surrounding any orders and any potential defenses.

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Felice Duffy
Attorney at Duffy Law
Attorney Felice Duffy served as an Assistant United States Attorney for ten years after beginning her legal career at two prestigious firms (one in CT and one in NY) and then clerking for two federal judges. A life-long Title IX advocate, she brought a legal action under the then-new Title IX statute against UCONN while an undergraduate to compel the creation of its women’s varsity soccer program. She went on to become a first-team Division I All-American, was selected to be on the first U.S. National Women’s Team, and spent 10 years as Head Coach of the Yale women's soccer team. Attorney Duffy has Ph.D. in Education/Sports Psychology and has spoken to, and conducted trainings for, over 50 schools and organizations on a wide range of topics involving athletics, the law, and social justice. You can reach Felice at (203) 946-2000.
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