Violations of no-contact orders in a domestic violence case are taken very seriously by the courts in New Mexico, and presumably elsewhere.
Violation of a no-contact order will often lead to arrest even if the violation was innocent and even if the alleged victim invited the contact.
This second situation arises frequently where the alleged victim wants the defendant back in the home. This may result from any number of reasons, financial, emotional or otherwise.
Keep in mind that once a domestic violence case is filed with the court, it is no longer entirely up to the alleged victim whether the defendant may return home. In order to return home or to legally have any contact, the conditions of release must be modified to lift the no-contact order.
Contact in the absence of modification of the conditions of release can result in jail, contempt, new criminal charges and more. It is extremely important to respect a no-contact order. This means taking proper steps to modify the conditions of release in case the parties wish to have contact.
Because the stakes are high, it is important to see the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The Albuquerque attorneys at Collins & Collins, P.C. can be reached at (505) 242-5958.