When an individual receives a no-contact order in Wisconsin, he or she isn’t allowed any form of contact with another person—usually the alleged victim, a witness to the incident or loved ones of those people. No-contact orders are typically the condition of a bond or bail, and they aren’t the same thing as a restraining order.
If you’ve been issued a no-contact order, that means no contact directly or indirectly, even if the other person initiates it. If you live with that person, you’ll unfortunately have to make other living arrangements throughout the duration of your no-contact order.
Like a restraining order, you’re forbidden from calling that individual, emailing, texting, contacting via social media or anything of the like. But you will also violate the order if you use a third party to contact that individual or if you leave a message somewhere he or she will see it.
While typically a court will order absolutely no contact, there are certain exceptions where it’s permissible—especially in cases where custody is in question. In those situations, the court will include verbiage that specifies the exact situation or location you can have contact with that individual and the stipulations involved.
If you deviate from the terms of your no-contact order, knowingly or by accident, then you will be considered Bail Jumping, one count for even the most minor form of contact. The consequences for violation depend on your original sentence, but could result in an additional misdemeanor or felony charge that’s hard to defend since you were explained the terms of your no-contact order and the repercussions up front and agreed on them. It could also mean you lose any bond money that was posted and additional jail time with an even bigger bail amount. This violation will also likely altar the terms of your original plea bargain, unfortunately, and not in your favor.
An experienced Wisconsin Criminal Defense Attorney can help if you’re facing charges that include a no-contact order in Wisconsin. From arranging to retrieve your belongings to helping you understand the terms of your bond and the possible repercussions, the team of Huppertz & Powers, S.C., will guide you every step of the way. Contact us to schedule your 100% free initial consultation today.