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Minnesota Restraining Order Violations

Accused of Violating a Restraining Order in Minneapolis?

In Minnesota, the consequences of violating a restraining order are serious. In the eyes of the law, if you violate a restraining order, you are ignoring a direct order from the court. Even if you believe that the restraining order was filed under false pretenses, you can still be charged with a crime if you violate its terms. For this reason, you should secure the help of a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer from Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. if you have been accused of violating any such order.

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Consequences of Violating a Restraining Order

In Minnesota, the court may issue a protective order if they have reason to believe that someone is in danger of, or has been subjected to, domestic violence, harassment, or stalking. They can either issue a temporary restraining order or long-term restraining order, depending on the facts of the case. If you violate a protective order, you could face misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony charges.

  • Misdemeanor: If you are accused of knowingly violating a restraining order, and you have no prior convictions for domestic assault, you will be charged with a misdemeanor. If you are convicted, you could face a maximum of 90 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
  • Gross Misdemeanor: If you are accused of violating a restraining order, and you have been convicted of domestic violence within the last 10 years, you will be charged with a gross misdemeanor—which is punishable by up to one year in jail and $3,000 in fines.
  • Felony: If you are accused of violating a restraining order, and you have been convicted of domestic assault two or more times within the past 10 years, you will be charged with a felony. This crime is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Other Factors That Could Lead to Felony Charges

Aside from prior domestic assault convictions, you could also face felony charges for violating a restraining order if aggravating factors were present. For example, your charges could be elevated to a felony if you were in possession of a firearm at the time of the violation, you falsely impersonated someone else, or the victim was under the age of 18 and you are at least three years older.

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After an arrest, Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. should be your first call. Our criminal defense attorneys in Minneapolis are here to discuss your case 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t wait to get the help you need. Our team is backed by nearly a century of legal experience. We’ve also been listed in Super Lawyers® and awarded with an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Regardless of the charges you face, you can trust that your freedom, future, and reputation will be in good hands.


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