Can The Accused In A Domestic Violence Case Have Contact With The Alleged Victim?
When a person has been accused of domestic violence, it will be up to the judge to decide whether or not a no-contact order is warranted. A judge can decide to set whatever bond conditions they see fit for a given situation, so it is important to remain very aware of the specific bond conditions set in any particular case. For example, a judge could say that the defendant can’t come within 500 feet of the house or alleged victim. Such bond conditions can become problematic, particularly if there is an accidental encounter with the alleged victim. For example, would it be considered a violation if the defendant accidentally ended up in the same grocery store or washroom as the alleged victim whom they’ve been ordered to stay away from? In order for something like that to be considered a violation, a judge would have to say the bond condition was willfully violated. There are all kinds of scenarios that can put someone in jeopardy of violating their bond, which is something that should be avoided at all costs.
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