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Alabama Protective Orders Laws

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Code Section 30-5-1, et al seq.
Activity Addressed by Order Enjoining contacts of abuse; harassing communication; excluding party from dwelling, school or place of employment; regarding minors: award temporary custody and establish visitations as well as temporary support; enjoin defendant from interfering; direct law enforcement to accompany plaintiff to residences to protect from abuse
Duration of Order Up to 1 year, can be amended at any time upon verified petition by either party
Penalty for a Violation of Order Willful violation: Class A misdemeanor, fine not to exceed $2,000 and/or jail up to 1 year; 2nd conviction: 30 days unsuspended jail sentence, and 1/3 incarceration costs and fine; 3rd or subsequent: 120 days unsuspended jail sentence and 1/3 incarceration costs and fine; 2nd conviction: in addition to permissible fine, minimum of 48 hours continuous imprisonment which may not be suspended; 3rd or subsequent conviction: minimum sentence of 30 days imprisonment, can't be suspended.
Who May Apply for Order An adult for themselves or another person prevented by physical or mental incapacities or on behalf of minor children
Can Fees Be Waived? If petitioner can show they have inadequate funds
Order Transmission to Law Enforcement Copy issued to law enforcement officials with jurisdiction to enforce the order or agreement
Civil Liability for Violation of Order Civil contempt

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