NO CONTACT ORDERS
NO CONTACT ORDERS UNDER WASHINGTON LAW
A no contact order (“NCO”) is a court order, issued in the early stages of a domestic violence case, where the court prohibits an offender from contacting “the victim” of the domestic violence offense.
If a court issues an order, then the court may also require the alleged offender to:
- surrender any rights to possess or own a firearm, and
- submit to electronic monitoring.
An NCO remains in effect until the judge revokes it. In addition, an order will be terminated if:
- the defendant is acquitted of the underlying domestic violence charge, or
- the charge gets dismissed.
A defendant that violates a no contact order is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. A “gross misdemeanor” is punishable by:
- custody in jail for up to one year, and/or
- a maximum fine of $1,000.
Depending on the facts of the case, if a person violates an NCO via an act of assault, or if the person has two or more prior convictions for protection order violations, then the violation could be charged as a class C felony. A “class C felony” is punishable by:
- imprisonment in jail for up to five years, and
- a maximum fine of $10,000.
Note that a violation of a no contact order is a separate offense from the domestic violence charge that gave rise to the order.
Domestic violence charges and NCOs should never be taken lightly. If you or a loved one has been charged with such an offense, or been named in an order, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for help. The attorneys at Black & Askerov have over 25 years of combined experience in representing clients in these areas. They are tireless in their efforts and passionate in their defense. Contact them now to get the legal help that makes all the difference.