Alabama Protective Orders Laws
|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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