INCREASE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING RESTRAINING ORDER

By Bob Katzen

This bill (H 3478) – Increases the penalties for violating a restraining order. The bill would keep the current law that imposes up to a $5,000 fine and/or up to 2.5 years in prison on offenders for violating a restraining order but would increase the fine to up to $10,000 and/or up to five years in prison.

Rep. Tim Whelan (R-Brewster), the bill’s sponsor, said he filed it with designs to add incremental increases in prison sentences for second and subsequent violations of restraining orders. “It was filed with the intent of providing a further deterrent to those who serially violate restraining orders,” Whelan told Beacon Hill Roll Call. “I will refile this in the next session.”

One thought on “INCREASE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING RESTRAINING ORDER”

  1. What about Restraining Orders that were issued by Judges that were lied too in the affidavit. Women who lie on the affidavit should be punished and strongly as Men who
    violate them.

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