Order for Protection in Minneapolis & Saint Paul, MN

Has someone filed an order for protection against you, or have you been accused of violating an order for protection? If so, contact Brandt Criminal Defense. Our team has been handling criminal cases for over 30 years in the Minneapolis, MN Twin Cities area. Orders of protection are the civil equivalent of a criminal domestic abuse case, but have criminal consequences when violated. An order for protection is filed when someone alleges domestic abuse and asks the court to prevent the other person from contacting them for their safety or the safety of their children.

If you have been served with an order for protection you are entitled to have a hearing where the person who filed the petition has to prove that there was domestic abuse. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney is the best way to challenge the order for protection and minimize its impact on your life.

Order for Protection

Violating an order for protection starts out as a misdemeanor. The penalties for violating an order for protection can include:

  • Minimum of three days in jail
  • Court mandated counseling
  • If you knowingly violated the order within 10 years of a previous qualified domestic violence offense it becomes a gross misdemeanor and you could be subject to:
    • Minimum of ten days in jail
    • Court mandated counseling
  • If within 10 years of the first offenses you have 2 or more order for protection violations, or if you violate an order for protection while possessing a dangerous weapon, the offense can be raised to a felony and you could be subject to:
    • Minimum of thirty days in jail and up to five years in prison
    • Up to a $10,000 fine
    • Court mandated counseling

If you violate an order for protection the court will issue an order for you to appear in court. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney is the best way to minimize the impact this will have on your life. Our team at Brandt Criminal Defense will guide you through this process and handle your case from start to finish.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation at 763-421-6366.

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