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What happens if I violate a domestic violence protective order?

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2023 | CRIMINAL LAW - Domestic Violence

Domestic violence protective orders exist to protect people from harm and to maintain a safe environment.

Disobeying these orders in Oklahoma carries severe repercussions that all should be aware of.

Immediate arrest

When an individual disobeys a DVPO, law enforcement can take swift action. Upon receiving a report of the violation, officers have the authority to arrest the violator without a warrant. This immediate apprehension ensures the safety of the protected party.

Criminal charges

Violating a DVPO is a criminal offense in Oklahoma. Those who contravene these orders may face misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the severity of their actions. The nature and extent of the violation will influence the criminal charges, potentially leading to imprisonment and fines.

Restraining order modification

An offender may find their existing DVPO modified or extended. The court can decide to make the order more restrictive if it believes a person’s safety is at risk. This may mean having even less freedom and more stringent prohibitions to adhere to.

Probation and counseling

Offenders may face probation, requiring them to adhere to specific conditions. Additionally, they may need to attend counseling or rehabilitation programs designed to address the root causes of their behavior. Failure to comply with these requirements can lead to further penalties.

Permanent criminal record

A DVPO violation can result in a permanent criminal record. This record can affect various aspects of an individual’s life, including employment opportunities, housing prospects and personal relationships.

In 2020, Oklahoma law enforcement reported 27,089 incidents of domestic violence. If you find yourself in that situation and receive a protective order, following it may help you avoid potentially long-lasting legal consequences.