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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

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How Do No Contact Orders Work in New York City Criminal Cases?

Understanding No Contact Orders in New York City Criminal Cases

Dealing with a criminal charge in New York City can be really overwhelming. Between figuring out the legal process and dealing with the emotional stress, things can feel kinda chaotic and scary. One thing that often comes up with criminal cases is something called a “no contact order”. These orders can definitely add an extra layer of confusion. Like, what does it actually mean? How do you follow it? And what happens if you mess it up? Good questions. Let’s break it down.

What Is a No Contact Order?

A no contact order is basically when the court says you cannot have any contact with a certain person or people. Makes sense based on the name, yeah? These orders are put in place to protect the other person while your criminal case moves forward. The most common situation is when someone is charged with a crime involving another person, like domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. The victim will ask the judge for a no contact order against the defendant to help protect them during the case. But no contact orders aren’t only used in those kinds of criminal charges. They can be requested in any type of criminal case in New York City as a condition of bail or release.

What Does “No Contact” Actually Mean?

When a no contact order is issued against you, it means you cannot have any direct or indirect communication with the protected party. Like, at all. Direct contact includes:

  • Face-to-face interactions
  • Phone calls
  • Text messages
  • Emails
  • Letters or cards
  • Having someone else reach out on your behalf

Basically any type of direct communication, whether you initiate it or respond to it, violates the order. Indirect contact includes things like:

  • Posting about the person on social media
  • Having mutual friends pass along messages
  • Going to places you know the person frequents
  • Sending gifts or items
  • Following or monitoring the person both online and offline

So indirect contact is really broad. The court doesn’t want there to be any loopholes that could make the protected party feel unsafe or worried. Oh, and by the way – all this applies even if the communication is positive or friendly. Doesn’t matter. No contact means no contact.

How Do You Follow a No Contact Order?

Following a no contact order means completely avoiding any interaction with the protected party by any means, either directly or indirectly. It can help to take some proactive steps when you first get hit with one of these court orders:

  • Block Their Contact Info: Phone number, email, social media accounts – block them everywhere so you aren’t as tempted to reach out.
  • Avoid Shared Spaces: If you used to see them at certain restaurants, stores, etc. try to avoid going to those spots.
  • Tell Friends & Family: Explain to anyone close to you that you absolutely cannot have contact. Make sure they understand not to pass along any messages between you and the protected party.

Basically you need to remove that person from your life completely while the no contact order is active. It’s harsh but that’s the only way to ensure you don’t accidentally violate it.

What Happens If You Violate a No Contact Order?

Judges take no contact orders very seriously. If you violate one, there can be pretty major consequences:

  • Additional Criminal Charges: Breaking a court order is a crime itself, often called contempt of court. So violating a no contact order can result in new misdemeanor or felony charges against you.
  • Increased Bail or Remand: If you violate while out on bail, the court may revoke your release and hold you in jail for the remainder of the case.
  • Harsher Sentencing: At the resolution of your criminal case, judges can consider the violation as an aggravating factor and impose a stricter punishment.

The penalties often get worse with each violation too. For example, maybe your first violation results in a fine. But if you keep breaking the no contact order, eventually you could be back in jail facing years of added prison time. So if an order is issued against you, do everything you can to follow it exactly. The consequences simply aren’t worth it.

How Long Do No Contact Orders Last in NYC?

No contact orders can remain in effect for different periods of time depending on several factors:

  • Temporary Order: May be issued for a few weeks leading up to the next court hearing.
  • Final Order: Can be imposed for the entire duration of the criminal case, which may last months or even years.
  • Post-Conviction Order: May be included as a condition of probation lasting months or years after the case ends.
  • Permanent Order: In extreme cases, no contact may be ordered indefinitely.

The judge decides the appropriate length for each situation based on the facts involved. For example, permanent no contact is more likely in serious or repeated violence cases. Defense lawyers can argue to modify or lift no contact orders under certain circumstances. But you should never assume an order automatically expires – always verify directly with your attorney.

If you’re dealing with a no contact order in an NYC criminal case, having a skilled defense lawyer on your side is crucial. Here are some ways we can help:

  • Fight Unfair Orders: Argue against overly broad or indefinite no contact if the situation doesn’t call for it.
  • Advise on Compliance: Provide specific guidance on how to properly follow the order.
  • Defend Violations: Represent you on any additional charges for breaking no contact.
  • Modify Orders: Seek adjustments as circumstances evolve, like to allow court-supervised visitation.

The experienced NYC defense attorneys at Trolman Law handle all types of violent crime cases and family offenses involving no contact orders. We understand these situations are extremely difficult – but you don’t have to go through them alone. We know dealing with criminal charges can feel overwhelming and scary. The legal system often doesn’t make sense to regular people. But having an experienced lawyer guide you through the process can make a huge difference. The attorneys at Trolman Law fight aggressively on our clients’ behalf both in and out of court. If you’re facing criminal allegations, contact us for skilled and compassionate legal representation.

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