Penalties for Violating an Order for Protection

All penalties listed below are the maximum penalty that can be imposed under Minnesota Law unless otherwise specified.

The penalties for violating an order for protection depend on the person’s criminal history.

A person who violates an order for protection is guilty of a misdemeanor.

  • Upon a misdemeanor conviction, the defendant must be sentenced to a minimum of three days imprisonment and must be ordered to participate in counseling.

A person who knowingly violates this subdivision within ten years of a previous qualified domestic violence-related offense conviction or adjudication of delinquency is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

  • Upon a gross misdemeanor conviction, the defendant must be sentenced to a minimum of ten days imprisonment and must be ordered to participate in counseling.

A person who knowingly violates an order for protection:

  • within ten years of the first of two or more previous qualified domestic violence-related offense convictions or adjudications of delinquency

OR

  • while possessing a dangerous weapon is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Order for Protection Information