Asked in Domestic Violence for Washington

Q: What happens if the person who filed a restraining order violates it? And what happens if the person filed on responds?

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Jason Powers
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  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Mt Vernon, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: A restraining order forbids the restrained party from violating its' conditions. The party who sought the order is not under any restraints. That means if the person who filed the order contacts the restrained person nothing will happen to them. The restrained party till cannot contact that person in ANY way. They restrained person cannot answer the phone, respond to a text or even say hello if the person who filed says it first. My advice to a restrained party is if you see the other person, go the other way. If they call, do not answer. If the post to you on social media, do not respond. It is not a defense that the person who filed contacted you first.

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