- If the police witness or have probable cause to believe that you have violated an abuse prevention order, the police are required to arrest you.
- An abuse prevention order is a civil order but a violation of certain parts the order is a criminal offense. Violation of the no abuse, no contact, leave the home, stay away from home/work or surrender firearms terms of an order are criminal offenses. A violation is punishable by up to two and a half years in the house of correction. If you are found guilty of this crime, you can go to jail and/or be placed on probation. A criminal conviction (even a continuance without a finding) can (among other things) affect your ability to obtain employment, public housing, or citizenship, or subject you to deportation.
- Failure to pay money owed. If you do not pay child support, child support or any money damages ordered, the court can hold a hearing to see if you should be held in contempt of court for not following this part of the order.
Information for Defendants on Abuse Prevention Orders
- Abuse Prevention Orders: Information for Defendants
- I Just Received an Abuse Prevention Order: What Does this Mean?
- What Happens Next? Information for Defendants in Abuse Prevention Order Cases
- What Happens if I Do Something I am Ordered Not to Do?
- What if I Want to Change or End an Abuse Prevention Order Against Me?
- How Do I Appeal an Abuse Prevention Order Against Me?
- Abuse Prevention Orders: More Information for Defendants
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