If you've been served with a restraining order, you likely have a lot of questions about your rights and obligations under the law. At The Law Offices of Rachel A. Michael, we're here to answer your questions, using our extensive experience working with individuals and families throughout Colorado and the Fort Collins area. Trusted and professional, we're well respected in the local legal community and have the resources to help you address restraining orders. For accessible, responsive and compassionate legal representation, you can trust our firm.
If you have had a restraining order taken out against you, know that violating the conditions of your order may bring serious consequences. Regardless of whether or not the order was taken out for valid reasons, law enforcement will still hold you accountable for any violations on your part.
In Colorado, a restraining order violation is typically a Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by as much as one year in jail and fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. In addition, if another crime is committed in the process of violating a restraining order, that crime will be prosecuted separately.
However, if you are the subject of a restraining order, it may be possible to modify the order. To request a modification, you must submit a motion describing the specific reasons you feel a restraining order is inappropriate (in many cases, restraining order modifications are related to child visitation rights). The motion must be filed with a court clerk, who will set a date and time for your hearing. During this process, it can be helpful to consult with a criminal defense attorney to better your chances of successfully modifying your order.
When you're dealing with a restraining order, you need to work with an experienced lawyer who knows your rights and legal options. For a free initial consultation, call The Law Offices of Rachel A. Michael.
We can be reached at (970) 616-6668 or online.