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Q: Is a no contact order mean you have to stay away from the other person

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: Yes, a no-contact order typically means that the individual to whom the order is directed must refrain from any form of contact with the protected person. This includes physical contact, communication through various means such as phone calls, texts, emails, and even indirect contact through third parties. The purpose of a no-contact order is to ensure the safety and well-being of the protected person by preventing any form of interaction or communication that could pose a threat or create a hostile environment. Violating a no-contact order can result in legal consequences, including potential criminal charges and penalties.

Todd B. Kotler agrees with this answer

A: Yes, that's exactly what it means. Do not contact the other person, whether it's through text, e-mail, or phone, or even another person. As my colleague stated depending on the wording of the order and or jurisdiction it could lead either to contempt of court or even a separate charge. If it is a protection order, most jurisdictions penalize offenders with up to six months in jail and up to $1000. This is certainly the case in Ohio.

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