The Prosecutor will file charges against a person for violating a protective or restraining order if a lawful protective order was issued and served.  Each violation of a protective order constitutes a separate offense, each punishable by up to 1 year in jail. 

For example, someone who violates a protective order by calling the protected person 10 times can face 10 separate misdemeanor charges.  If the protective order was based on a domestic violence case, then the judge may order the defendant to retake/redo the 52 week domestic violence class.

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