If you and your spouse or intimate partner have had issues with each other, the police could have gotten involved. If the officers who showed up to your house felt that there were grounds to arrest you and charge you with domestic violence, you may find yourself subject to a no contact order when you get released from custody before trial. A no contact order, especially if not specifically requested by your partner, may not seem like a major concern. However, violating it might mean that you go straight back to jail. What does a no contact order mean for you?
You can’t contact your spouse or the children you share
Depending on who the court lists as victims and witnesses for your case, you may not be able to communicate with your spouse or partner at all once you are subject to a no contact order pending trial.
This would mean that you can’t visit them at home or work. In fact, you typically have to stay at least 500 feet away, even if you have to leave someplace like the grocery store if they are there. You may find yourself cut off from your bank account as well as your home.
Additionally, it is not just in-person communication that these rules apply to. If you try to send emails or have a family member or friend convey a message to people included in the no contact order, that could mean major complications for your pending criminal proceedings. Making sure that you understand the order and comply with it will be crucial to your success in court. Your attorney can help you.