Violation of No-Contact Order RCW 26.50.110
Violating a No-Contact order (NCOV) is the most common crime of domestic violence charged in Washington state. There are various types of No-Contact Order violations. However, the crime is 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.
The types of contact prohibited in most orders are (1) direct or indirect contact with the protected party, (2) contact through a third person, (3) being in a prohibited place or (4) within a prohibited distance. Direct contact includes in person contact, phone calls, emails, text messages, etc. Indirect contact simply means that, through the defendant’s intentional instructions, someone else (a third party) has contacted the protected party with a message or communication from the defendant.
Under RCW 26.50.110, 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.
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 10.99.040, 10.99.050, 26.09.300, 26.10.220, 26.26.138, 26.44.063, 26.44.150, 26.50.06, 26.50.070, 26.50.130, 26.52.070, 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. Alexander has a reputation in the legal community as an aggressive, effective and experienced criminal defense attorney. He has the dedication and experience to effectively defend against all types of No-Contact Order violations.