Yes. If you violate a lawfully issued Order of Protection  you may be charged with a felony if  you have contact with the protected person and also cause fear or threaten the use of death, or injury  and/or commit any of the following acts:

  • Display a deadly weapon; Dangerous Instrument; Pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun; machine gun.
  • Repeatedly follow the protected party.
  • Repeatedly commit prohibited acts over a period of time.
  • Send threatening messages by phone, email or other communications.
  • Make telephone calls for no legitimate purpose.
  • Strike; shove, kick or threatens to do the same.

George: If a person violates an order of protection, can they be charged with a crime?

Andy: Yes. In New York, if you violate an order of protection, you’ll be charged with what’s called criminal contempt. Depending on your actions, that could be either charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. Thank you for watching this video. If you have any questions or require additional information, please call us at 844-accused or visit our website at