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Consequences Of Violating A Restraining Order In Wisconsin

Consequences Of Violating A Restraining Order In Wisconsin

Restraining orders are legal documents that limit where an individual can go and with whom they can have contact; they may also limit certain rights and privileges. Violating a restraining order, which is a court-ordered document, can lead to misdemeanor charges in Wisconsin.

Restraining Orders In Wisconsin

Wisconsin allows almost anyone to file a restraining order against another person if they feel they are being harassed or their safety is threatened. In most cases, the order comes about due to cases of spousal or domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, or harassment. The state has two types of restraining orders:

  • Temporary Orders. Temporary restraining orders are limited to a period of up to 90 days. They are often used until an injunction hearing can take place.
  • Injunction Orders. These are longer-lasting restraining orders that may be in effect for as long as 4 years.

A judge has to approve a restraining order. Once that is done, the person against whom it is filed will be notified of the terms of the order, any actions or procedures they must follow, such as relinquishing firearms, and the penalties for violating the order.

Consequences For Violating A Restraining Order

Violation of a restraining order in Wisconsin is a misdemeanor. The penalties associated with this may include up to $10,000 in fines and/or up-to 9 months in jail. In order to be convicted for violating a restraining order, the state has to prove several things:

  • A legally-valid restraining order was in effect against the individual,
  • This person knew that a restraining order was issued in their name, and
  • The named person engaged in activity prohibited by the order.

Obtain Legal Advice On Restraining Orders With A Free Consultation

A restraining order will affect your life. You’ll be limited in where you can go and who you can see, and you may have to give up some privileges. Violating a restraining order will go on your criminal record and may affect your ability to get or maintain a job. If a restraining order has been filed against you or if you have been accused of violating an order against you, contact the restraining order attorneys at Madison’s Eisenberg Law Offices. Early legal representation can help minimize the impact of the order and its effect on your life.

Arrange a free consultation by calling 608-256-8356 or emailing today.