If you are accused of violating an order of protection or injunction against harassment in Arizona you will likely be charged with Interfering with Judicial Proceedings in violation of Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-2810. To prove their case, the prosecution must show that you knowingly disobeyed or resisted the lawful order, process, or other mandate of a court. In the case of orders of protections or injunctions against harassment, this typically means that you had contact with the protected person or went onto a property that you were prohibited from in the Court’s order.
Interfering with Judicial Proceedings is a Class 1 Misdemeanor. If convicted, you can be required to serve up to 6 months in jail, pay a fine of $2,500, and serve up to 3 months of probation. The Court may impose additional terms, like classes and treatment.
Being charged with Interfering with Judicial Proceedings is not the time to challenge the validity of the allegations made against you in the Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment. Rather, the question is whether there was a lawful order issued by the Court, and whether you were properly served with it.
The lawyers at AZ Defenders have successfully defended those charged with Interfering with Judicial Proceedings for violating Orders of Protection or Injunctions Against Harassment throughout the state. If you are charged with violation these orders, it is important that you contact a qualified criminal defense attorney in Phoenix to be apprised of your defenses and options. Call the attorneys at AZ Defenders today at 480-456-6400 or contact us online for a free consultation so we can explain how to get the best possible result in your case.