Kansas protects victims of domestic violence by issuing protection orders against family and household members who abuse or stalk them. This can include protective orders against spouses, cohabitants, former partners and parents or children over the age of 18.
Protection from Stalking
Courts can also order protection from stalking orders under the state's Protection from Stalking Act. This order will prevent a person from entering a victim's residence or immediate vicinity, as well as from following, harassing or communicating with the victim. Orders typically remain in effect for a period of one year.
Violating a Protective Order
Kansas imposes criminal penalties for violations of abuse and stalking orders. Depending on the nature of the violation and the terms of the court order, alleged offenders can also be prosecuted for a criminal offense, including stalking, assault, domestic battery, criminal trespass, and contempt of court. No matter if they are misdemeanors or felonies, these charges can carry serious criminal penalties and terms of imprisonment. Anyone accused of violating a protective order should seek immediate legal representation.
At Garretson & Toth, LLC, our knowledgeable Johnson County criminal defense attorneys draw upon their diverse experiences and backgrounds to solve legal complications and swiftly resolve cases. With 57 years of combined practice, our legal team has seen and handled numerous domestic violence cases. If you have an abuse or stalking related issue, our firm can assist you in completing the necessary actions or with defending against any criminal allegations you may be facing. To discuss your case and learn about the ways in which we can help, contact our firm.