A No-Contact Order is a document issued by a Minnesota judge declaring that it is a violation of the law, with serious criminal consequences, if one person makes contact with another.

Usually, prohibited contact includes by phone, through friends, through family, by mail, email, social media (like Facebook), by text message, or any other forms of communication. Thus, contact usually means physical contact, communications, and even being near a person.

Minnesota No-Contact Orders and Relevant Law

A judge may issue a Domestic Abuse No-Contact Order (also often referred to as a Domestic Violence No-Contact Order) against a defendant in a Minnesota state criminal proceeding for domestic abuse, harassment, or stalking of a family or household member; violation of an OFP; or violation of a prior No-Contact Order.

A knowing violation of a No-Contact Order is a misdemeanor. A “knowing violation” means the defendant knows of the existence of the No-Contact Order. Laws 2002, ch. 282, § 2.

If a person violates a No-Contact Order within ten (10) years of a previous qualified domestic violence-related offense, the person is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

Minnesota No-Contact Order Penalties

A person is guilty of a five-year felony if the person violates a No-Contact Order: (1) within ten (10) years of the first two or more previous qualified domestic violence-related offense convictions or adjudications of delinquency; or (2) while possessing a dangerous weapon.

The law provides minimum sentences upon gross misdemeanors and felony convictions.

The court may also order the defendant to participate in counseling. Minn. Stat. § 518B.01, subd. 22.

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