Protective Orders Can Affect Custody Rights
Video Transcribed: Hi, my name’s Keith Flinn, a fathers’ rights lawyer in Oklahoma, and I’m here talking about fatherhood and father’s rights in Oklahoma. We do get a lot of questions here at the Dads.law, one of them being, “What happens if I violate a protective order?”
Well, it depends. If it’s reported to a police officer and then charged, and there’s enough evidence to prove that you did violate the protective order, you could be punished criminally.
Even if there isn’t quite enough evidence to take you to a trial, you could still face criminal liability and have to go through the process and get a lawyer to help you get your case dismissed.
The important thing to note is that if you violate a protective order, it could also have effects on your child custody rights as well, particularly if it was deemed to be some kind of a domestically abusive act.
A determination in a criminal court or a plea of guilty to a protective order violation could be afforded res judicata in your child custody proceeding, and that’s a big word for meaning that, “Hey, it’s already been decided here.
You are a domestic abuser.” You don’t want your family law judge holding you as a domestic abuser for violating a protective order. So, if there’s a protective order out and you’re concerned, or you’ve already violated it, why don’t you give us a call.