What is a no contact order, who does it apply to and can it be lifted or modified?
NO CONTACT ORDER
A No Contact Order can only be imposed as part of a criminal case. The Judge may issue a No Contact Order in a pending criminal case, or as part of any sentence imposed in a criminal case.
Offenders who are arrested for any felony charge, or a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, stalking, violation of a No Contact Order, or violation of a Protection Order, will appear before a Judge the next business day. The Judge, at that time, will arraign the offender, set a bond, and decide whether to impose a No Contact Order.
The terms of a No Contact Order vary depending upon the Judge’s order. You should not attempt to contact the protected parties listed in the No Contact Order when there is a No Contact Order in place unless there is a specific provision in the order that allows contact by some means. Again, the terms of a No Contact Order vary from case to case and are at the discretion of the Judge.
A violation of a No Contact Order is a crime and will result in new charges being filed.
MODIFYING THE NO CONTACT ORDER
Only the Judge can modify a No Contact Order. Either party listed in the No Contact Order may request that the Judge modify the No Contact Order. In order to have the No Contact Order modified, a Motion to Modify the No Contact Order must be filed. The Court will set a hearing on the Motion. At the hearing, the Judge may ask questions about lifting or modifying the No Contact Order. After hearing from the victim(s), the State, and the defense, the Judge will make a decision regarding the No Contact Order.
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