When someone has been accused or convicted of domestic violence in Washoe County, Nevada, a judge may enter a restraining order prohibiting the accused from having contact with their accuser or other individuals, among other limits that can be placed on their conduct. If that restraining order is violated, that violation is a separate criminal offense that can result in serious penalties.
A Washoe County court will grant a temporary or extended restraining order to protect individuals who have been alleged victims or are at risk of becoming victims of any of the following crimes:
The specific provisions and limitations contained in a restraining order will vary from cases to case. Whatever the conditions of the restraining order, the judge who entered the order is expecting those conditions to be followed and will not take kindly to his or her orders being ignored and violated.
The punishment for defying a restraining order in Washoe County, Nevada depends on the underlying purpose of the restraining order.
Domestic violence and harassment in the workplace
Deliberately violating any restraining order against domestic violence or harassment in the workplace is prosecuted as a misdemeanor in Washoe County. If convicted, the violator of the order could be sentenced to:
- up to 6 months in the Washoe County Detention Facility, and/or
- up to $1,000 in fines
Stalking or harassment, sexual assault, or protection of children
Deliberately violating a temporary protective order against stalking or harassment, sexual assault, or child abuse is prosecuted as a gross misdemeanor in Washoe County. The penalties can include:
- up to 364 days in the Washoe County Detention Facility, and/or
- up to $2,000 in fines
If you are found to have deliberately violated an extended restraining order against stalking or harassment, sexual assault, or child abuse, you will be prosecuted for committing a category C felony. If convicted, you could face:
- 1 to 5 years in Nevada State Prison, and
- up to $10,000 in fines
Violating a Washoe County judge's restraining order is no small matter. Such orders are not suggestions, or recommendations, or guidelines. Disregarding the provisions of a restraining order is as much of a crime as the alleged acts that led to the entry of the order in the first place. If you have been charged with violating a Washoe County restraining order, call one of our experienced Washoe County criminal defense attorneys today to discuss your situation.