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What is an Order of Protection, and What are The Consequences for Breaking One?

June 09, 2023

What is an Order of Protection, and What are The Consequences for Breaking One?

Courts in Tennessee take restraining order violations very seriously. An Order of Protection, commonly called a restraining order in Tennessee, is an order issued by a judge that orders someone that’s harming the person that petitioned for the order to stop what they’re doing or face the consequences of violating the order. It provides the petitioner legal protection against:

People who have been threatened with or subjected to the offenses mentioned above can request a restraining order from the court. An order will remain in effect for a specific period, usually not exceeding one year. But the judge can extend it if the offender is convicted of violating any of the terms and conditions of the order. The petitioner can also file a motion to have the order extended. The order may extend the protection order for five years or 10 years if it’s the offender’s second or subsequent conviction.

What Happens If I Violate an Order of Protection in Tennessee?

A violation of an Order of Protection against you can result in criminal and civil consequences, which can include some or all of the following, depending on your situation:

If you received a notice from the court that an order of protection has been issued against you, discuss your case with the Davidson County criminal defense lawyer at Raybin & Weissman right away to avoid making mistakes that can further hurt your case.

Please call our office at 615-256-6666 or send us an online message to set up your free case evaluation with our Davidson County criminal defense lawyer today. You can also learn what you can do about the order against you and, if applicable, any criminal charges you are facing.