Violating Order for Protection

Orders for protection, or OFP's, are common place in Minnesota law.  They are usually the result of a domestic assault charge.  The courts will put an OFP in place against the alleged abuser in order to grant a level of protection and peace of mind to the alleged victim in the case.  The length of OFP's can vary depending on the specifics of each case, but they will usually run through the end of your criminal case at the very least.  It is important to understand exactly what the terms are of an OFP filed against you.  It is strongly recommended that you have a private attorney go over your OFP and explain everything thing to you in order to fully understand the situation.

Violation an OFP can have a two-fold effect on you.  First, violation of an OFP is a crime in and of itself.  If you have an OFP against you, it is likely that you are already facing some sort of assault charges.  This additional crime will only add to your issues.  Secondly, the terms of your release (assuming that you are either out on bond or on your own recognizance while awaiting trial) likely include a requirement to abide by your OFP.  If you violate it, any bail money that you paid can be forfeited to the court and you can be forced to go back to jail pending the conclusion of your case.

In order to avoid the issues involved with a violation of an OFP, it is advised that you contact an attorney (if you haven't already hired one to represent you in the domestic assault case) and have them help you figure out what your limitations are before you violate them.  If you find yourself in a situation where you don't have an attorney and you already have been accused of violating your OFP, it is extremely important that you contact an attorney at The Law Office of Brodie Hacken immediately in order to give you the best possible chance to defend yourself against these new allegations.