No-Contact Order Violations

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Violation of No-Contact Order (NCOV) is one of the most common crime of domestic violence charged in Washington state.  The crime is designated as domestic violence if the No-Contact order protects a household member, family member or someone with whom there is a dating relationship (please hyperlink to my Domestic Violence page).

Basically, the Prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was a valid No-Contact order in place, the defendant had been given notice of the order, and that defendant willfully or knowingly violated the No-Contact Order.

Misdemeanor VNCO

Under statute, a violation of a No-Contact Order is a gross misdemeanor if there were not two previous convictions for violating similar protection orders.  As such, a conviction could mean up to a year in jail and a $5,000.00 fine as well as mandatory DV penalties.

Felony VNCO

If the alleged contact also involved an assault and/or there were two or more previous convictions for violating a similar No-Contact Order, the contact would constitute a Class C felony.  As an unranked offense the standard sentencing range would be 0-12 months in jail but as a Class C felony, the maximum penalty could be as high as five (5) years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine.

The following other statutes address the violation of No-Contact orders in Washington State: RCW 10.99.04010.99.05026.09.30026.10.22026.26.138, 26.44.06326.44.15026.50.0626.50.07026.50.13026.52.070, and 74.34.145.

If you or someone you care about is charged with Violation of a No-Contact Order in Skagit County or Whatcom County, call attorney Alexander Ransom today for a free, no-pressure case evaluation.