California Penal Code 273.6

Have you been charged with Violating a Restraining Order in California? Violation of California Penal Code 273.6 can be a serious misdemeanor or felony offense. Whether or not you are guilty of the charges brought against you, speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney could help you substantially.


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PC 273.6 Defined


Violating a Restraining Order is defined as intentionally ignoring a court restraining or protective order.


Restraining Orders:


Restraining orders were created to protect against instances like harassment, violence, stalking or intimidation. Examples include domestic violence restraining orders, workplace violence restraining order, among others. It usually restricts contact with a victim, and will state whether this contact prohibition involves physical contact, or if includes other forms of communication including phoning, email, text, etc.


In order to prosecute for CPC 273.6 Violating a Restraining Order, the state must prove that you:


  • were given a protective order by a judge
  • were aware of this protective order
  • and that you ignored this protective order


Penalties for Violating CPC 273.6


The penalties or punishments for Violating a Restraining Order depend on a number of factors including your criminal history, if there were previous violations, and if victims suffered injury. Violating a Restraining Order can be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony offense and those found guilty can face:


  • Misdemeanor – Up to I Year in the Orange County Jail
  • Felony – Up to 3 Years in the California State Prison


Other Potential Penalties


Offenders may face added fines, restrictions on owning and carrying firearms, victim restitution and be ordered to attend counseling.


If you are facing charges for California Penal Code Section 273.6 Violating a Restraining Order, our California criminal attorneys can provide you with information that can help you avoid making costly mistakes. Too often, alleged criminals incriminate themselves, and increase their penalties along the way. Don’t wait until it is too late, call (888) 250-2865 or fill out our contact form and you will reach a skilled domestic violence attorney who can help you better understand your alleged crimes.

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