No Contact Orders
Orders preventing a person from having contact with another person or persons can have many forms. They can be issued by a criminal court or a civil court. Criminal orders are usually called No Contact Orders and are imposed during a criminal case and sometimes after its conclusion. Civil orders are imposed by a Judge when a person claims they have been a victim of Domestic Violence, Harassment, or Sexual Assault. There are many reasons to seek these orders and it may be a victim, prosecutor, or law enforcement officer who requests the order. It is the job of the Judge to evaluate whether the order should be entered and imposed. If an order is imposed it may be a Temporary Order of Protection, a No-Contact Order, or a Sexual Assault Protection Order. The protection can cover one person and may include minor children. The order will typically prevent the prohibited party from contacting a person or persons directly, entering their home, coming within 500 feet of their workplace or school, having contact by telephone, text, email, or through a third party. Violating of any of these orders is the basis for a criminal charge and can result in immediate arrest.