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i have an order of protection against me. I texted a mutual friend of my ex girlfriends and mine just to say hello.. My ex girlfriends mom got wind of this and i was arrested for third party contact. no where in the message did i say anything expept hello to a mutual friend of mine… what do i do?????????????/

Asked on June 4, 2009 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

M.S., Member, Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

In order to determine whether you violated the terms of the protective order, you must examine the language of the order very closely.  The protective order may, in fact, prohibit any contact with any third parties known to your ex-girlfriend.  Or, it is possible that your message could be interpreted as an attempt to have contact with your ex-girlfriend.  Regardless, without knowing the exact language of the protective order as well as the exact content of the text message that you sent it is impossible to determine, in this instance, whether the text message was indeed a violation of the protective order.  Nevertheless, protective orders (and any violations of them) are serious matters.  Moreover, they are usually accompanied by underlying criminal charges.  Therefore, I suggest you consult and/or retain a skilled criminal defense attorney to discuss this matter immediately.


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