What are the factors or elements for 273.6 PC Violating a Restraining Order?

Penal Code 273.6 PC makes it a crime to violate the terms or conditions of a California restraining order (sometimes interchangeably referred to as a “protective order”). This occurs when the judge issues a legal restraining order and you intentionally ignore the terms of that order. 

Legal Consequences:

If you are convicted of violating a California restraining order, the penalties vary quite a bit depending on

  1. Whether it’s your first or subsequent violation, and
  2. Whether the victim suffered a physical injury.

The penalties may include up to three years in the California state prison for a felony, and up to one year in a county jail for a misdemeanor.  In addition, you could face

  • Court fines and penalties,
  • Victim restitution for any counseling and/or medical services that the victim reasonably incurred in connection with the offense,
  • Counseling services, and
  • The relinquishment of any firearms and the inability to acquire any new ones for the length of the protective order.

How can we defend you against charges of California Penal Code 273.6 PC Violating a Restraining Order?

There are a number of defenses that apply to 276. PC, such as:

  • The judge didn’t legally issue the protective order
  • You didn’t know about the restraining order
  • You didn’tintentionally violate the order
  • You were falsely accused of violating the protective order 

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