Protection Against Restraining Order Violations
Being named in a restraining order is very upsetting because it means that the person who acquired the restraining order has deemed you a threat to them, even if you aren’t. This can mean not having contact with someone you care about, whether it is warranted or not. Whatever the reason, you need an experienced Minneapolis restraining order violation lawyer working for you to secure the facts.
Ms. Speas is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has helped clients throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the entire Twin Cities successfully navigate their cases. Even if a judge determines that there is merit to the charges, you have the opportunity to properly defend yourself and secure the best possible outcome in the case.
Building A Strong Defense
When a person acquires a restraining order, they are obtaining an order that has been issued by the court because they feel their safety is threatened. They obtain the order against a person who has threatened them, committed an act of violence against them, or whose presence they find threatening. That person is then required to stay away from the person feeling threatened. Many times, a threat is left to perception, but the prosecution will be very aggressive if a violation occurs.
Even if the violation is a mistake, it can result in an arrest and criminal charges that could potentially lead to a conviction. Ms. Speas looks at the facts, including the circumstances surrounding the restraining order, to build a strong defense. She is a criminal attorney known for being even more aggressive in the courtroom so a fair outcome can be realized in the case.
Telling Your Story, Protecting Your Rights
One of Ms. Speas’ priorities is to make sure your rights are protected throughout the entire legal process. Another priority is for your story to be told in court. With the Speas Law Firm, P.A., in your corner, you have a powerful Minneapolis restraining order violation lawyer fighting for you. You can contest the validity of the restraining order as a part of your defense, with the possibility of it being realized that the order should not have been established in the first place.
By fighting, you avoid the maximum penalties or the penalties completely. The penalties for restraining order violations include one year in jail and up to $3,000 in fines if there has been a restraining order violation within the past 10 years. If there are two or more violations within the past year, the penalty can be up to $10,000 in fines and 10 years in jail. For a first-time offender, the charge is a misdemeanor and can involve a year in jail and/or fines.
Contact A Minneapolis Restraining Order Violation Lawyer
Being accused of violating a restraining order may not seem serious, but it can result in a mark on your permanent record, which can have a negative impact on your future, not to mention the fines, jail time, probation and other consequences. If you have been charged or you wish to challenge a restraining order, Jennifer Speas can help. To learn more about what the Speas Law Firm, P.A., can do for you, call today at 612-333-6160 for an initial consultation.