Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202 to discuss your violating a restraining order or injunction case

Violating a temporary restraining order or injunction is a crime commonly charged in domestic violence court.  Meyer Van Severen, S.C. and Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen defend domestic violence and violating a restraining order cases. Our defense attorneys are familiar with the issues involved with defending these cases.  And our defense attorneys capable of defending your case.


What is violating a temporary restraining order or an injunction?

Violating a temporary restraining order or an injunction charges can be issued after a domestic abuse, child abuse, vulnerable adult, or harassment-based restraining order.  There are certain elements that need to be proven in order for the State to succeed on this charge:

  1. An injunction or temporary restraining order was issued against the defendant (respondent) in favor of the petitioner (alleged victim);
  2. The defendant committed an act that violated the terms of the injunction/temporary restraining order; and
  3. The defendant knew that the injunction/temporary restraining order had been issued, and that his acts violated its terms.

Commonly the petitioner initiates contact with the respondent while the restraining order is still in effect.  While this can be frustrating, that contact itself does not nullify the order.  A temporary restraining order or injunction remains in effect until it is revisited and dismissed by a court commissioner or judge.  If you’re being contacted by the petitioner of a restraining order that was filed against you, contact one of our criminal defense lawyers immediately.


What is the punishment for violating a restraining order or an injunction?

Simply violating the terms of an injunction or a temporary restraining order is a misdemeanor.  The maximum punishment for this crime is 9 months in jail, a $1,000.00 fine, or both.  The punishments for domestic abuse, child abuse, vulnerable adult, and harassment temporary restraining orders/injunctions are the same.  These punishments are based on relatively passive conduct such as mere contact.  Battery to an injunction petitioner is a separate crime carrying with it a more serious penalty.  Any other crimes committed while violating the temporary restraining order can also be charged.


Why should I contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. to defend my criminal case?

We focus our entire practice on defending crimes just like this.  Our Milwaukee defense lawyers are familiar with the issues commonly involved.  The lawyers at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. spend a lot of time in domestic violence court.  We’ve worked on violating a restraining order cases that didn’t involve a domestic relationship.  No matter the charge, we’ve seen it before.

Meyer Van Severen, S.C. provides aggressive, intelligent criminal defense.  We’re transparent with our fees.  We won’t ever come back and try to trick you into paying more money.  And if you want a trial, we’re not going to barrage you with some obnoxious fee you didn’t know about.  Not all criminal defense attorneys in Milwaukee can make that promise.  We can.  Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202 now.