The state of Texas takes domestic violence cases seriously. If a person files a protective order against you for domestic violence and the judge grants it, your best bet is to stay out of trouble, especially while the protective order is in effect. Usually, protective orders last for two years unless the judge decides to extend it.
If there is a protective order against you, you must avoid:
- Committing any domestic violence offenses
- Contacting the person who filed the order against you
- Trying to reach the person who filed the order against you in any way
- Going near any child-care facility, including schools, if a minor is mentioned in the protective order against you
- Harming any property of the person who filed the order against you or interfering with their support animal, should they have one
- Possessing or owning a firearm
Violating any of these conditions could get you in serious trouble. In addition, the court may order you to attend a counseling program. Ensure that you attend the program and that you follow the rules they have.
What could happen if I violate a protective order?
If you violate a protective order for the first time, the prosecution could charge you with a misdemeanor. If convicted, you would face fines of up to $4,000 and up to one year in jail.
In addition, if you commit an offense against a family member while there is a protective order against you, you could be charged with separate charges, including a felony.
Every violation adds additional fines payable to the court and time that the court could sentence you to serve in jail. Therefore, make sure you do everything you can to stay out of trouble if there is a domestic violence protective order against you.