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Find out what happens if the defendant violates a harassment prevention order

See what could happen to you if you were to violate your harassment prevention order.
  • If the police witness or have probable cause to believe that the defendant violated a harassment prevention order, the police are required to arrest the defendant.
  • A harassment prevention order is a civil order but violation of certain parts of the order is a criminal offense. If the defendant violates the no abuse or harassment, no contact, or stay away from home/work terms of the order, you should contact the local police department immediately and tell them that you have a harassment prevention order and what happened.
  • Failure to pay money owed. If the defendant does not pay any money damages ordered, you will need to go back to the court that issued the order and ask for a hearing to see if the defendant should be held in contempt of court.

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