Murfreesboro, TN asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee

Q: Can I get in legal trouble if my girlfriend and I continue talking after being contacted by an officer of the law?

Today I was consulted by an officer stating that my girlfriend (13) and I (18) are no longer allowed to have any form of contact. No messaging, no calling. The officer did not specify that there was a restraining order in place, he simply said I have to cease all contact with her. Can the law really do anything if there is no restraining order and we are not sexually active? If so, what can be done?

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Lawrence James Arnkoff

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: The answer is YES they can. IF you were told that, then there must be a stay away order

in place. No contact means no contact. If she calls or texts you be sure to keep a record

of the transaction on your phone. You aren't liable if she violates the order by contacting you

but you cannot use that as an excuse to reply. Your best bet is to find an experienced lawyer

who can get the stay away order lifted.

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