What Happens If You Violate a Criminal Protective Order?
There are a lot of important concerns that people have who violate these criminal protective orders and rightfully so, because I can tell you what’s going to happen.
If you violate a criminal protective order that’s been ordered by a judge, the judges take that very seriously because they basically feel like this person is not listening to what I’m telling them.
So, one big power that they have is, if you’re on probation and you do this, or even if you have a criminal case pending and you do this, they can jack the bail up so high — I’m talking about the judges now after you violate a Los Angeles criminal protective order — that you can’t get out.
They might in certain circumstances they can just make it no bail and then you can’t get out especially when it comes to a probation violation.
Domestic Violence Probation
Let’s say for example that you’re on domestic violence probation and you violate that probation by violating a protective order, a lot of times what the judges do is just issue a no-bail warrant, so when you get caught you can’t bail out.
Probably the biggest thing they can do when you violate a criminal protective order is put you in custody and keep you in there until either your open criminal case is resolved or your probation violation hearing with the judge is resolved.
So, violating a protective order is a very serious thing because the reason protective orders are put into place is to protect somebody — to protect a victim of a crime.
The judges and prosecutors really see it as their job to protect the public, and specifically when it comes to a domestic violence case or any other case where a criminal protective order is being issued in Los Angeles.
Keeping You In Custody for a Violation
They feel that their job is to help that person, so they’re going to do everything they can to help the person. The judge will issue whatever orders they deem appropriate to help the victim and if you violate those orders you can expect not only to be taken into custody and kept in custody in a higher bail or no bail, but you can also expect to be punished.
They’re going to be looking at sending you away a lot of times for a very long period of time because they figure what that will do is keep you away from the person that is protected.
It will punish you and give you a deterrent, so you don’t get yourself involved in bothering this person again.
So, when you violate protective orders in LA county you do something that is one of those kind of pet peeve issues for prosecutors and judges and you can be sure that they’re going to do whatever is in their power to try to stop you from (1) violating the protective order again; and (2) in most cases, getting out of custody.
Courts Protecting Victims of Crime
They will pull out all the stops to prevent you from getting to that victim again because (1) it’s their primary job to help victims of crimes; and (2) it comes back to them politically when victims of crimes complain, saying the judge, the police, the prosecutors — they’re not doing anything to help me.
That comes back to haunt them and bother them seriously. So, if you or a loved one is charged with violating a criminal protective order, pick up the phone now.
Ask to speak to Ron Hedding. I’m going to help you figure out how to get this matter behind you and get yourself back on the road to a productive life.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 374-3952.
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