Utah Violation of a Protective Order - Domestic Violence AttorneysA protective order in Utah is a civil order that typically prohibits one person (the "respondent") from contacting or communicating with another person (the "petitioner") Contact Us
Violation of a Protective Order – Utah Domestic Violence Attorneys
Protective order violations are taken seriously by Utah prosecutors and judges. A criminal charge for violating a protective order can be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony. A conviction can result in lengthy jail or prison terms and thousands of dollars in fines.
A protective order in Utah is a civil order that typically prohibits one person (the “respondent”) from contacting or communicating with another person (the “petitioner”) such as coming to the petitioner’s home, workplace, school, or other specified locations. While the protective order itself is a civil order, a violation of a protective order can result in serious criminal charges.
Criminal charges for violating a protective order can be filed even if the petitioner initiated the contact or invited the respondent to commit the act that violates the protective order. Even if the petitioner decides that an individual no longer wants the protective order, the protective order will remain in effect until a court vacates or dismisses the protective order. Only a judge can lift the protective order. And until the judge formally does that, a respondent can face criminal charges for failing to follow the terms of the protective order. Any violation, even a harmless or minor violation, can result in the filing of criminal charges.
If facing prosecution for violating a protective order, a team of experienced Utah criminal defense lawyers can ensure that your rights are protected. The team at Canyons Law Group has defended clients facing misdemeanor and felony protective order violation charges and many other domestic violence-related charges. Their track record includes dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and appellate reversals in some of Utah’s most serious criminal charges. The Canyons Law Group criminal defense team offers legal services to clients throughout Utah. Contact us to schedule an initial consultation and case analysis.
What should I do if I am contacted by the police?
Sometimes people think that if they are contacted by police, they can explain their way out of potential criminal charges. Such attempts often backfire and provide police with information that will be used to prosecute the case. Common excuses people present for violating a protective order can become a confession to the crime itself. If the police contact you regarding allegations that you have violated a protective order, you would be well advised to assert your Fifth Amendment privilege – to remain silent and request an opportunity to consult with a criminal defense attorney before speaking with the police.
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The criminal defense team at Canyons Law Group include former prosecutors and seasoned defense attorneys who have defended or prosecuted the most serious crimes on the books in Utah. Aggravated felony charges including homicide, robbery, kidnapping, and more are among the many cases our attorneys have successfully defended. Our criminal attorneys also have extensive experience in the Utah district court and justice court systems and have also worked in federal and military courts.
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Our criminal defense team has the experience, knowledge, and determination to handle the most serious charges you may face. But even lower-level criminal charges in Utah can have serious consequences. A single misdemeanor conviction can cause you to lose your job, lose your driver license, or lose your right to carry or use a firearm, A criminal conviction can make it more difficult to rent an apartment or obtain a mortgage loan. A criminal charge can affect your education and student financial aid. And the effects of conviction can last long after you may have completed probation or otherwise satisfied any obligations to the court.
When you hire a criminal defense attorney from the Canyons Law Group, you get more than just an attorney. You get the combined experience of our whole legal team. Our attorneys take pride in working closely with each client, taking the time to understand each client’s needs and goals for the case, and developing a strategy intended to achieve the best result possible for each client. We also employ a team approach, assigning attorneys who may have experience on a particular type of case or issue who can provide advice or assistance in specialized areas.We often collaborate with investigators and other professionals as needed to work toward the best result possible.
No matter what kind of criminal charge you are facing and no matter what level the offense may be, it can be critical to have the best advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney before you talk to police, before you go to court, and before you make any decisions or take action on the case. The criminal defense team at the Canyons Law Group is here to help.
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Make sure that your rights are protected. Learn more about our criminal defense team online, or contact the Canyons Law Group today to see what the right criminal defense attorney and the right legal team can do for you.